Life Cycle Assessment of the Offshore Wind Farm Alpha Ventus

Journal Article

Title: Life Cycle Assessment of the Offshore Wind Farm Alpha Ventus
Publication Date:
May 01, 2011
Journal: Energy
Volume: 36
Issue: 5
Pages: 2459-2464
Publisher: Elsevier

Document Access

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Citation

Wagner, H.; Baack, C.; Eickelkamp, T.; Epe, A.; Lohmann, J.; Troy, S. (2011). Life Cycle Assessment of the Offshore Wind Farm Alpha Ventus. Energy, 36(5), 2459-2464.
Abstract: 

This article studies the first offshore German windfarm, alpha ventus, in the German exclusive economic zone. Alpha ventus is analyzed through life cycle assessment. This LCA is conducted using four steps: Goal and Scope Definition, Inventory Analysis, Impact Assessment, and Interpretation. These are fairly straightforward steps dealing with identifying the system boundaries, material assessments, defining impact categories, and interpret information.

 

This assessment concludes that wind technology does not lead to assure electric supply because of changing wind conditions. A switch to offshore energy requires a means for additional energy storage.

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