Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Life cycle assessment of electricity generation in Mexico

Publication year: 2011brbSource:/b Energy, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 17 February 2011brE., Santoyo-Castelazo , H., Gujba , A., AzapagicbrThis paper presents for the first time a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study of electricity generation in Mexico. The electricity mix in Mexico is dominated by fossil fuels, which contribute around 79% to the total primary energy; renewable energies contribute 16.5% (hydropower 13.5%, geothermal 3% and wind 0.02%) and the remaining 4.8% is from nuclear power. The LCA results show that 225 TWh of electricity generate about 129 million tonnes of CO2 eq. per year, of which the majority (87%) is due to the combustion of fossil fuels. The renewables and nuclear contribute only 1.1% to the total CO2 eq. Most of…br Research highlights: ► This paper presents for the first time a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study of electricity generation in Mexico. ► 129 million tonnes of CO2 eq. per year are emitted from 225 TWh of electricity generated per year of which 87% is due to the combustion of fossil fuels. ► Coal technologies generate 1094 g CO2 eq./kWh, heavy fuel oil 964 g CO2 eq./kWh, and gas 468 g CO2 eq./kWh; by contrast, nuclear and hydro emit 12 g CO2 eq./kWh. ► Heavy fuel oil contributes most to the life cycle environmental impacts (59–97%). ► The results show good agreement with values reported for other countries with similar electricity mix, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.


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