Oxford Energy Society: Changing Energy Systems: Life Cycle Approaches to Optimisation

  • Start  Wednesday 13 Nov 2019 5:30pm
  • Finish    Wednesday 13 Nov 2019 6:30pm
  • Venue  H O Beckit Room, School of Geography & the Environment

Renewable technologies are inherently seen as “good”. Nevertheless, they are not without impact. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool used to help us outline where impacts occur and how we can minimise these. It is often applied to individual technologies, but can be applied to whole systems and also be used to help anticipate impacts from novel technologies and the systems in which they work. In the energy industry this is challenging as we look at changing demand over time (eg EVs)as well as a more distributed renewable provision. This talk will explore the use of LCA in these circumstances; highlighting where we need to do more research and ask questions about how we best utilise scarce resources.

Speaker

Prof Marcelle McManus, University of Bath

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