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HARC’s Life Cycle Assessment Research on Combined Heat and Power is Published on Peer-reviewed Journal - Energy & Fuels

Posting Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2018

Life cycle assessment or analysis (LCA) is the technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life. The study begins from the moment of raw extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and then disposal or recycling. HARC’s team of researchers provide LCA support to empower entities to make sound decisions regarding resilience and sustainability. As life-cycle benefits are becoming a growing concern, particularly regarding environmental profiles of power plants, it is important to conduct full scale analysis of different power systems. This is particularly true when investing in new power plants.

A peer-reviewed scientific article titled “Life Cycle Analysis of Natural Gas-Fired Distributed Combined Heat and Power versus Centralized Power Plant” co-authored by Dr. Fanxu Meng and Dr. Gavin Dillingham was recently accepted and published by journal Energy & Fuels. It is an initial exploration to quantify environmental differences between a 555 MW centralized natural gas combined cycle system and a 1-20 MW distributed combined heat and power system. Researchers developed the innovative LCA methodology by overcoming the challenges of coproduct system and scale-up. This was achieved using fundamental and transferable estimation methods.

Energy & Fuels is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). It publishes reliable and high-quality research results in energy-related fields to serve the vital and growing community of scientists, engineers, and policy experts.