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Exergoenvironmental analysis for evaluation of the environmental impact of energy conversion systems


  • Meyer, Lutz
  • Tsatsaronis, George
  • Buchgeister, Jens
  • Schebek, Liselotte


To improve the ecological performance of energy conversion systems, it is essential to understand the formation of environmental impact at component level. A method has been developed that (a) reveals the extent to which each component of an energy conversion system is responsible for the overall environmental impact and (b) identifies the sources of the impact. The approach of exergoeconomic analysis is modified to deal with an evaluation of the ecological impact instead of an economic problem. The basic idea is that exergy represents a proper basis for allocating both costs and environmental impact to components of energy conversion processes.

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  • Meyer, Lutz & Tsatsaronis, George & Buchgeister, Jens & Schebek, Liselotte, 2009. "Exergoenvironmental analysis for evaluation of the environmental impact of energy conversion systems," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 34(1), pages 75-89.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:energy:v:34:y:2009:i:1:p:75-89
    DOI: 10.1016/

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