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Life Cycle Assessment of Renewable Energy Sources

  • Anoop Singh
  • Deepak Pant
  • Stig Irving Olsen

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Anoop Singh, Stig Irving Olsen, Deepak Pant
    Pages 1-11
  3. Abdul-Sattar Nizami, Iqbal Mohammed Ismail
    Pages 79-94
  4. Keat Teong Lee, Cynthia Ofori-Boateng
    Pages 95-129
  5. E. Martínez Cámara, E. Jiménez Macías, J. Blanco Fernández
    Pages 195-209
  6. Ruben Laleman, Johan Albrecht, Jo Dewulf
    Pages 211-239
  7. Gil Anderi da Silva, Flávio de Miranda Ribeiro, Luiz Alexandre Kulay
    Pages 241-267
  8. Dheeraj Rathore, Deepak Pant, Anoop Singh
    Pages 269-289
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 291-293

About this book


Governments are setting challenging targets to increase the production of energy and transport fuel from sustainable sources. The emphasis is increasingly on renewable sources including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass based biofuel, photovoltaics or energy recovery from waste. What are the environmental consequences of adopting these other sources? How do these various sources compare to each other?

Life Cycle Assessment of Renewable Energy Sources tries to answer these questions based on the universally adopted method of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This book introduces the concept and importance of LCA in the framework of renewable energy sources and discusses the key issues in conducting their LCA. This is followed by an in-depth discussion of LCA for some of the most common bioenergy sources such as agricultural production systems for biogas and bioethanol, biogas from grass, biodiesel from palm oil, biodiesel from used cooking oil and animal fat, Jatropha biodiesel, lignocellulosic bioethanol, ethanol from cassava and sugarcane molasses, residential photovoltaic systems, wind energy, microalgal biodiesel, biohydrogen and biomethane. Through real examples, the versatility of LCA is well emphasized.

Written by experts all over the globe, the book is a cornucopia of information on LCA of bioenergy systems and provides a platform for stimulation of new ideas and thoughts. The book is targeted at practitioners of LCA and will become a useful tool for researchers working on different aspects of bioenergy.


Bioenergy Sources Impact Assessment Life Cycle Assessment Renewable Energy Sources Sensitivity Analysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Anoop Singh
    • 1
  • Deepak Pant
    • 2
  • Stig Irving Olsen
    • 3
  1. 1.New DelhiIndia
  2. 2.PRODEMMolBelgium
  3. 3.BagsvaerdDenmark

About the editors

Dr. Anoop Singh is scientist in Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, India. Before joining DSIR, he worked at Technical University of Denmark, University College Cork, Ireland, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India and VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur, India. Dr. Singh obtained his Ph.D. in Botany from Allahabad Agricultural Institute-Deemed University, Allahabad, India in 2004 and a M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India in 2001. He has published more than fifty research articles in scientific journals (>1000 citations, h-index 16) and is a member of several scientific communities. His research interests are focused on sustainable agriculture, the utilization of industrial, agricultural and household waste for eco-friendly energy production, renewable energy and their life cycle assessment.

Dr. Stig Irving Olsen is associate professor in sustainable production at the section for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment, Department of Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. He obtained his Ph.D. in LCA from Technical University of Denmark in 1997 and a Master of Science in Biology from University of Copenhagen in 1988. Since his PhD his main research area has been in methodology development in LCA, particularly in the life cycle impact assessment of human health impact. During the last years his research has focused more on application of LCA in several technology areas, including renewable energy and nanotechnology.

Dr. Deepak Pant is a research scientist at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium, currently working on bioenergy, specifically, the design and optimization of bioelectrochemical systems for energy recovery from wastewaters and microbial electrosynthesis for production of value added chemicals and fuels through electrochemically driven bioprocesses. He has a PhD in environmental biotechnology (2007) from TERI University, New Delhi (India) and has 25 peer-reviewed publications with >800 citations (h-Index 13) and 8 book chapters to his credit. He is involved in several European projects on biomass, biowaste, wastewater treatment and feasibility studies. His research experience lies in industrial biotechnology, biofuels and bioenergy, wastewater treatment, wasteland reclamation and restoration, biofertilizers, sustainable agriculture, and life cycle analysis (LCA).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Life Cycle Assessment of Renewable Energy Sources
  • Editors Anoop Singh
    Deepak Pant
    Stig Irving Olsen
  • Series Title Green Energy and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Green Energy,Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4471-5363-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-7175-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-5364-1
  • Series ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series E-ISSN 1865-3537
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 293
  • Number of Illustrations 76 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Renewable and Green Energy
    Renewable and Green Energy
    Sustainable Development
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