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Life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas and biomass power plants
Engineering and Construction
Pages 60 (15060 words)
Life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas and biomass power plants Name Institution ABSTRACT Researches show that an approximate of 27 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide has been emitted into the atmosphere from the existing energy sources.
This increase in demand will lead to construction of new power plants; this means that more greenhouse gas will be released into environment; and the environment will continue to be affected by the greenhouse emissions. Generally, there exists a number of ways in which electric energy (electricity) is produced; and each method of production has benefits and disadvantages in relation to operation cost, and impact on the environment, among other factors. For example, the major sources of electric energy include: nuclear energy, coal, natural gas, hydroelectric, oil, biomass, solar and wind among others. Therefore, there is a great need that the future power plants are built such that greenhouse emissions are kept as minimum as possible, and environmental impact is minimized. In this regard, this research paper has carried out a life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from four natural gas and biomass power plants in United Kingdom. The plants investigated in this research include: Elean, Knapton, Sleaford and Sutton Bridge power plants. These power plants source electricity from natural gas, oil, and/or biomass among others. ...
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