Special Issue "Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy Storage in Building Applications"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Emiliano Borri
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GREiA Research Group, Universitat de Lleida, Pere de Cabrera s/n, 25001 Lleida, Spain
Interests: energy storage; thermal energy storage; energy efficiency; cooling and heat transfer
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Dr. Gabriel Zsembinszki
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Guest Editor
GREiA research group, University of Lleida, 25003 Lleida, Spain
Interests: thermal energy storge; heat transfer; energy efficiency; refrigeration; numerical simulations
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The building sector is responsible of more than 30% of global energy consumption, accounting the 30% of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The continuous increase of energy demand has led to a transaction in the building sector and the introduction of policies that require a high share of energy produced by renewable sources integrated to high-efficiency buildings. The integration of energy storage, either thermal or electrical, is fundamental to increase efficiency in energy systems integrated to buildings and overcome the problems related to the intermittency of renewables, balancing energy supply and demand.

Although thermodynamic and economic analyses are important to demonstrate the benefit and feasibility of the use of energy storage, sustainability analysis is an important aspect that should be taken into account to have a complete assessment that includes the environmental impact. Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is a suitable approach to quantitatively evaluate the environmental impacts of a certain product or system for its entire life-cycle.

This Special Issue aims to contribute to studying the sustainability, through LCA analysis, of the integration of different energy storage solutions applied to buildings.

In particular, the main topic that this Special Issue should cover are:

  • LCA of thermal energy storage materials integrated into building envelopes;
  • LCA of energy systems buildings that integrates thermal energy storage (latent, sensible, thermochemical) and/or electrical energy storage (batteries, fuel-cells, supercapcitors, flywheels, etc.).

Research and reviews articles are therefore invited to be submitted to this Special Issue to contribute to and highlight the sustainable aspect of energy storage technologies.

Prof. Dr. Luisa F. Cabeza
Dr. Emiliano Borri
Dr. Gabriel Zsembinszki
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Life-cycle assessment 
  • Building applications 
  • Energy storage 
  • Thermal energy storage 
  • Sustainability analysis 
  • Environmental impact 
  • Emissions savings

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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of an Innovative Compact Hybrid Electrical-Thermal Storage System for Residential Buildings in Mediterranean Climate
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 5322; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13095322 - 10 May 2021
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The buildings sector is one of the least sustainable activities in the world, accounting for around 40% of the total global energy demand. With the aim to reduce the environmental impact of this sector, the use of renewable energy sources coupled with energy [...] Read more.
The buildings sector is one of the least sustainable activities in the world, accounting for around 40% of the total global energy demand. With the aim to reduce the environmental impact of this sector, the use of renewable energy sources coupled with energy storage systems in buildings has been investigated in recent years. Innovative solutions for cooling, heating, and domestic hot water in buildings can contribute to the buildings’ decarbonization by achieving a reduction of building electrical consumption needed to keep comfortable conditions. However, the environmental impact of a new system is not only related to its electrical consumption from the grid, but also to the environmental load produced in the manufacturing and disposal stages of system components. This study investigates the environmental impact of an innovative system proposed for residential buildings in Mediterranean climate through a life cycle assessment. The results show that, due to the complexity of the system, the manufacturing and disposal stages have a high environmental impact, which is not compensated by the reduction of the impact during the operational stage. A parametric study was also performed to investigate the effect of the design of the storage system on the overall system impact. Full article
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