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Title: CO sub 2 emissions from coal-fired and solar electric power plants

This report presents estimates of the lifetime carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired, photovoltaic, and solar thermal electric power plants in the United States. These CO{sub 2} estimates are based on a net energy analysis derived from both operational systems and detailed design studies. It appears that energy conservation measures and shifting from fossil to renewable energy sources have significant long-term potential to reduce carbon dioxide production caused by energy generation and thus mitigate global warming. The implications of these results for a national energy policy are discussed. 40 refs., 8 figs., 23 tabs.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6721173
Report Number(s):
SERI/TP-260-3772
ON: DE90000337
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE/CE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; 20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CARBON DIOXIDE; EMISSION; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER PLANTS; SOLAR THERMAL POWER PLANTS; AIR POLLUTION ABATEMENT; AIR QUALITY; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; MEASURING METHODS; PROBABILISTIC ESTIMATION; SERVICE LIFE; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; CARBON COMPOUNDS; CARBON OXIDES; CHALCOGENIDES; ECONOMICS; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; POLLUTION ABATEMENT; POWER PLANTS; SOLAR POWER PLANTS; THERMAL POWER PLANTS SOLAR POWER PLANTS; SOLAR THERMAL POWER PLANTS; PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER PLANTS; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; AIR QUALITY; AIR POLLUTION ABATEMENT 540120* -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (1990-); 140600 -- Solar Energy-- Photovoltaic Power Systems; 140700 -- Solar Thermal Power Systems; 200500 -- Fossil-Fueled Power Plants-- Environmental Aspects-- (1990-); 290300 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety; 140400 -- Solar Energy-- Environmental Aspects