Life Cycle Assessment of Energy System Transitions

The overarching research question is what are the economy-wide and global environmental impacts associated with up to six different energy transition pathways? At UCalgary, up to three unconventional resource pathways will be incorporated into the assessment framework. Renewable resource pathways will be incorporated into the framework (e.g., wind, solar and biomass). These pathways will be compared for generalized insights and comparative environmental consequences than has been considered today. This project aims at addressing the environmental impacts of policy developed in various jurisdictions with limited focus on environmental impacts in other jurisdictions. For example, Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan aims at increasing the contribution of renewable energy in Alberta’s energy up to 30% by 2030. It is expected that this will lead to increased power generation from wind and solar sources. Although it is anticipated that this will help to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from Alberta’s electricity generation sector, a new challenge is introduced in that the solar panels and wind turbines is not ex[ected to be manufactured in Alberta. It is more likely that most of these would be imported from other jurisdictions including other provinces in Canada, USA, Europe and Asian Countries. Hence the result is that this will have environmental impacts globally and the life cycle GHG footprints would be different than what would be considered if the boundary was drawn around Alberta (the current focus of policy measures). Even beyond GHG emissions, there is potential for negative environmental consequences throughout the supply chain of the various energy sources being considered for deployment in Alberta. The proposed project is aimed at addressing these questions.

A framework to identify marginal electricity production technologies for consequential life cycle assessment: A case study of the electricity sector

Amit Kumar, Tanveer Mehedi, Matthew Davis, Eskinder Gemechu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Developing a framework to assess the long-term adoption of renewable energy technologies in the electric power sector: the effects of carbon price and economic incentives

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Discussion on Potential Collaborative Project - 1st Joint CFREF Workshop UALberta - UCalgary

Amit Kumar, Joule Bergerson

Other Event

Energy and environmental footprints of flywheels for utility-scale energy storage applications

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Life cycle assessment of electricity delivery systems: Attributional and Consequential approaches

Tanveer Mehedi

Master Thesis

Life cycle assessment of energy system transitions

Amit Kumar, Tanveer Mehedi, Eskinder Gemechu

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Life cycle assessment of energy system transitions

Amit Kumar

Research Report

Life cycle assessment of energy system transitions: the case of solar energy in Alberta

Amit Kumar, Joule Bergerson, Tanveer Mehedi, Eskinder Gemechu

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Life cycle assessment of energy systems transition

Amit Kumar, Joule Bergerson, Tanveer Mehedi, Eskinder Gemechu, Alex Bradley

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Life cycle assessment of energy systems transition

Amit Kumar, Joule Bergerson, Tanveer Mehedi, Eskinder Gemechu, Alex Bradley

Other Event

Life cycle assessment of energy transitions

Amit Kumar, Joule Bergerson, Eskinder Gemechu

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Life cycle greenhouse gas emissions and energy footprints of utility-scale solar energy systems

Amit Kumar, Tanveer Mehedi, Eskinder Gemechu

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Long-term energy transition in road transportation by 2050: a system-wide cost, market share, and greenhouse gas emission comparison of conventional, battery electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Amit Kumar, Matthew Davis, Minza Haider

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

The development of techno-economic models for the assessment of utility-scale electro-chemical battery storage systems

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

Scholarly Refereed Journal

The greenhouse gas emissions’ footprint and net energy ratio of utility-scale electro-chemical energy storage systems

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Transition to cleaner grid for fossil fuel dominant jurisdictions: Development of a consequential lifecycle assessment approach.

Amit Kumar, Tanveer Mehedi, Eskinder Gemechu

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution