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S8: Lifecycle Considerations for Energy Materials


The goal of clean energy development and adoption is to reduce the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel extraction, production, and consumption.  However, sustainability aspects of clean energy technologies must also be studied and quantified to ensure new problems are not being introduced.  This symposium invites broader system-level research looking at environmental impacts of clean energy systems, energy pay back times, and recycling technology development and assessment.  Addressing sustainability challenges requires work that spans social and economic issues, as well, so topics such as economic feasibility, integration and grid issues, and adoption and penetration challenges are also invited. 


Session topics

  • Life-cycle assessment
  • Energy/emissions pay back analysis
  • Economic feasibility
  • Integration, grid issues
  • Adoption/penetration challenges
  • Recycling and end-of-life technology and infrastructure development and assessment



Gabrielle Gaustad, RIT, USA, gabrielle.gaustad@rit.edu

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