Title

A system dynamics approach on the life cycle analysis of coal-fired power generator

College

Gokongwei College of Engineering

Department/Unit

Chemical Engineering

Document Type

Archival Material/Manuscript

Abstract

With the world's worsening environmental condition, different methodologies have been developed to assess the possible options to alleviate these problems. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a promising solution and methodology that uses modeling to predict the future or impact of certain activity. Along with these developments, the growing field of system dynamics modeling triggered the interests of many LCA practitioners in the possibility of using this type of analysis to address the changes of environmental impacts with respect to time. This study used a system dynamics approach in observing the dynamic life cycle impacts and the feedback relationships on electricity productions from coal-fired power plants and its relation to global warming that causes increase in ambient air temperature. Results showed that the introduction of alternative fuels and renewable energy systems could reduce the life cycle GHG emissions and thus improve the ambient air temperature on a system dynamics approach.

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Disciplines

Chemical Engineering

Keywords

Life cycle costing; Product life cycle

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