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Title: Life Cycle Analysis Data and Results for Geothermal and Other Electricity Generation Technologies

Abstract

Life cycle analysis (LCA) is an environmental assessment method that quantifies the environmental performance of a product system over its entire lifetime, from cradle to grave. Based on a set of relevant metrics, the method is aptly suited for comparing the environmental performance of competing products systems. This file contains LCA data and results for electric power production including geothermal power. The LCA for electric power has been broken down into two life cycle stages, namely plant and fuel cycles. Relevant metrics include the energy ratio and greenhouse gas (GHG) ratios, where the former is the ratio of system input energy to total lifetime electrical energy out and the latter is the ratio of the sum of all incurred greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) divided by the same energy output. Specific information included herein are material to power (MPR) ratios for a range of power technologies for conventional thermoelectric, renewables (including three geothermal power technologies), and coproduced natural gas/geothermal power. For the geothermal power scenarios, the MPRs include the casing, cement, diesel, and water requirements for drilling wells and topside piping. Also included herein are energy and GHG ratios for plant and fuel cycle stages for the range of consideredmore » electricity generating technologies. Some of this information are MPR data extracted directly from the literature or from models (eg. ICARUS - a subset of ASPEN models) and others (energy and GHG ratios) are results calculated using GREET models and MPR data. MPR data for wells included herein were based on the Argonne well materials model and GETEM well count results.« less

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Research Org.:
DOE Geothermal Data Repository; Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Program (EE-2C)
Contributing Org.:
Argonne National Laboratory
OSTI Identifier:
1148839
Report Number(s):
205
DOE Contract Number:  
ANL FY13 AOP 1
Resource Type:
Data
Country of Publication:
United States
Availability:
GDRHelp@ee.doe.gov
Language:
English
Subject:
15 Geothermal Energy; geothermal; life cycle analysis; energy ratios; material requirements; greenhouse gas emissions; electricity generating technologies; Plant materials; greenhouse gas emission; coproduced; MPR; ratio; GHG; life cycle; analysis; LCA; environmental; assessment

Citation Formats

Sullivan, John. Life Cycle Analysis Data and Results for Geothermal and Other Electricity Generation Technologies. United States: N. p., 2013. Web. doi:10.15121/1148839.
Sullivan, John. Life Cycle Analysis Data and Results for Geothermal and Other Electricity Generation Technologies. United States. doi:10.15121/1148839.
Sullivan, John. Tue . "Life Cycle Analysis Data and Results for Geothermal and Other Electricity Generation Technologies". United States. doi:10.15121/1148839. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1148839.
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title = {Life Cycle Analysis Data and Results for Geothermal and Other Electricity Generation Technologies},
author = {Sullivan, John},
abstractNote = {Life cycle analysis (LCA) is an environmental assessment method that quantifies the environmental performance of a product system over its entire lifetime, from cradle to grave. Based on a set of relevant metrics, the method is aptly suited for comparing the environmental performance of competing products systems. This file contains LCA data and results for electric power production including geothermal power. The LCA for electric power has been broken down into two life cycle stages, namely plant and fuel cycles. Relevant metrics include the energy ratio and greenhouse gas (GHG) ratios, where the former is the ratio of system input energy to total lifetime electrical energy out and the latter is the ratio of the sum of all incurred greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) divided by the same energy output. Specific information included herein are material to power (MPR) ratios for a range of power technologies for conventional thermoelectric, renewables (including three geothermal power technologies), and coproduced natural gas/geothermal power. For the geothermal power scenarios, the MPRs include the casing, cement, diesel, and water requirements for drilling wells and topside piping. Also included herein are energy and GHG ratios for plant and fuel cycle stages for the range of considered electricity generating technologies. Some of this information are MPR data extracted directly from the literature or from models (eg. ICARUS - a subset of ASPEN models) and others (energy and GHG ratios) are results calculated using GREET models and MPR data. MPR data for wells included herein were based on the Argonne well materials model and GETEM well count results.},
doi = {10.15121/1148839},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2013},
month = {6}
}

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