Life Cycle Assessment of Energy Systems and Sustainable Energy Technologies

The Italian Experience

  • Riccardo Basosi
  • Maurizio Cellura
  • Sonia Longo
  • Maria Laura Parisi

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. LCA Applied to the Energy Sector: State of the Art and Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maurizio Cellura, Maria Anna Cusenza, Francesco Guarino, Sonia Longo, Marina Mistretta
      Pages 3-15
    3. Pierpaolo Girardi, Alessia Gargiulo
      Pages 17-30
    4. Carlo Brondi, Simone Cornago, Dario Piloni, Alessandro Brusaferri, Andrea Ballarino
      Pages 45-59
    5. Pasqua L’Abbate, Michele Dassisti, Abdul G. Olabi
      Pages 61-78
  3. LCA Applied to Bio-energy: State of the Art and Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Lucia Lijó, Sara González-García, Daniela Lovarelli, Maria Teresa Moreira, Gumersindo Feijoo, Jacopo Bacenetti
      Pages 81-98
    3. Carlo Ingrao, Jacopo Bacenetti, Giuseppe Ioppolo, Antonio Messineo
      Pages 99-117
    4. Amalia Zucaro, Angelo Fierro, Annachiara Forte
      Pages 119-138
    5. Massimo Collotta, Pascale Champagne, Warren Mabee, Giuseppe Tomasoni, Marco Alberti
      Pages 155-169
    6. Sabina Jez, Daniele Spinelli, Angelo Fierro, Elena Busi, Riccardo Basosi
      Pages 171-184

About this book


This book deals with the application of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to sustainable energy systems and technologies. It reviews the state-of-the-art of the Italian experiences on the LCA applied to energy, and the most recent results from research in this field, with a particular focus on renewables, bio-energy and sustainable solutions. 

The contributors describe in detail the applications of LCA to various energy system topics, including: 

•             electricity production, smart energy grids and energy storage systems;
•             renewable energy production from biomass;
•             production of biodiesel from microalgae;
•             environmental impacts of biomass power plants; and
•             geothermal energy production. 

These topics are supported by critical reviews and case studies, with discussions of Italian examples, demonstrating LCA’s application to various energy systems. A particular focus is placed on bio-energies and bio-energy systems, demonstrating how LCA can be used for optimal bio-energy production. 

This book offers an opportunity for researchers and advanced practitioners in the field of LCA to learn more about the application of LCA methodology to energy systems and technologies. It will also be of interest to students, as it enables them to understand the environmental impacts of energy systems and sustainable energy technologies, through the analysis of their life cycles.


Life cycle analysis of energy systems Italian energy systems life cycle analysis of renewable energy systems LCA of Energy Systems LCA of bioenergy production Energy Systems Life Cycle Assessment Sustainable Energy Technologies Renewable Energy Environmental Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Riccardo Basosi
    • 1
  • Maurizio Cellura
    • 2
  • Sonia Longo
    • 3
  • Maria Laura Parisi
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and PharmacyUniversity of SienaSienaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Energy, Information Engineering and Mathematical ModelsUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  3. 3.Department of Energy, Information Engineering and Mathematical ModelsUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  4. 4.Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and PharmacyUniversity of SienaSienaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93739-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93740-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-3537
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