Life Cycle Analysis


Power Generation Technology Comparison from a Life Cycle Perspective
This analysis provides insight into key criteria for the feasibility of seven types of energy technologies. The seven types of technologies include electricity from natural gas, co-firing of coal and biomass, nuclear fuel, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and solar thermal resources. The key criteria for evaluating these technologies are defined.
Authors: Tim Skone, James Littlefield, Greg Cooney, Joe Marriott, PhD
Date: March, 2013

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Role of Alternative Energy Sources: Technology Assessment Compilation
NETL has applied a single set of methods for calculating the environmental, cost, and other aspects of seven options for baseload power generation. LCA is used to calculate environmental results, and life cycle boundaries are also applied to cost results. A set of other technical and non-technical criteria are used to gain a broad understanding of the roles of alternative energy sources in the U.S. energy portfolio.
Authors: Robert James, Tim Skone
Date: September, 2012

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