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Life Cycle Modelling of the Impact of Coal Quality on Emissions from Energy Generation

Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wybickiego 7A Str., 31-261 Cracow, Poland
Faculty of Management, AGH University of Science and Technology, 30-067 Cracow, Poland
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Energies 2020, 13(6), 1515;
Received: 30 December 2019 / Revised: 15 March 2020 / Accepted: 17 March 2020 / Published: 23 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Energy and Environment)
This paper presents a model combining the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) of fossil fuel extraction with its quality parameters and related CO2, SO2 and dust emissions at the stage of the combustion process. The model which was developed aims to identify the environmental impact of the processes of electricity production from selected energy carriers over their whole life cycle. The model takes into account the full LCA of fossil fuel extraction (of both hard and brown coal), its enrichment and fuel production as well as the environmental impact associated with emissions introduced into the air at the stage of electricity generation based on the fuels evaluated. Such an approach allows one to determine the fuel quality parameters that affect the environmental impact of energy production based on an LCA of mining and assigns the degree of environmental impact involved in particular production processes. Overall, the results obtained based on the proposed model permit the identification and prioritisation of the individual processes in the electricity generation life cycle which contribute the highest share in the general environmental impact indicator, having taken into account the modelling of the quality of the fuels used (calorific value, ash and sulphur content). View Full-Text
Keywords: LCA; coal; energy; environmental impact; modelling LCA; coal; energy; environmental impact; modelling
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Lelek, L.; Kulczycka, J. Life Cycle Modelling of the Impact of Coal Quality on Emissions from Energy Generation. Energies 2020, 13, 1515.

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