Paper Title:
A New Indicator for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Fuels
  Abstract

Net energy (NE) output, external cost to society of emissions, total production costs, and the renewability of a fuel are four critical factors that should be taken into account while developing sustainable energy resource systems. For this purpose, a new indicator, CNERλ,(Cost of Net Energy taking into account the Renewability) is proposed in this paper. The mixture of 85% ethanol (derived from corn) and 15% gasoline by volume (E85) and conventional gasoline (CG) are selected as assessing cases for illustrating the application of the new indicator. The CNERλ of E85 is 0.885, i.e. 12.5% lower than that of CG. It is shown that E85 is a more sustainable option comparing with CG by using the novel assessment indicator.

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Periodical
Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 347-353)
Chapter
Chapter 1: Development and Utilization of Solar Energy
Edited by
Weiguo Pan, Jianxing Ren and Yongguang Li
Pages
360-363
DOI
10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.347-353.360
Citation
Z. P. Zhou, Q. Y. Mo, L. C. Qin, "A New Indicator for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Fuels", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 347-353, pp. 360-363, 2012
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October 2011
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