Life cycle assessment of a solar thermal collector

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The renewable energy sources are often presented as 'clean' sources, not considering the environmental impacts related to their manufacture. The production of the renewable plants, like every production process, entails a consumption of energy and raw materials as well as the release of pollutants. Furthermore, the impacts related to some life cycle phases (as maintenance or installation) are sometimes neglected or not adequately investigated. The energy and the environmental performances of one of the most common renewable technologies have been studied: the solar thermal collector for sanitary warm water demand. A life cycle assessment (LCA) has been performed following the international standards of series ISO 14040. The aim is to trace the product's eco-profile that synthesises the main energy and environmental impacts related to the whole product's life cycle. The following phases have been investigated: production and deliver of energy and raw materials, production process, installation, maintenance, disposal and transports occurring during each step. The analysis is carried out on the basis of data directly collected in an Italian factory
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalRenewable Energy
Publication statusPublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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