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Energies 2013, 6(3), 1217-1232; doi:10.3390/en6031217

The Influence of Allocation on the Carbon Footprint of Electricity Production from Waste Gas, a Case Study for Blast Furnace Gas

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Mobility and Automotive Technology Research Group (MOBI), Faculty of Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, Brussels 1050, Belgium
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Laborelec, Rodestraat 125, Linkebeek 1630, Belgium
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Received: 14 December 2012 / Revised: 19 February 2013 / Accepted: 22 February 2013 / Published: 1 March 2013
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Abstract

Producing electricity from waste gas is an after treatment for waste gas while recovering the energy content. This paper addresses the methodology to calculate the effect that waste gas energy recovery has on lowering the impact of climate change. Greenhouse gases are emitted while burning the waste gas. However, a thorough study should include the production of the feedstock as well as the production of the infrastructure. A framework is developed to calculate the environmental impact of electricity production from waste gas with a life cycle approach. The present paper has a twofold purpose: to assess the climate change impact of generating electricity with blast furnace gas (BFG) as a waste gas from the steel industry; and to establish a sensitivity assessment of the environmental implications of different allocation rules.
Keywords: life cycle assessment; waste gas; blast furnace gas; allocation life cycle assessment; waste gas; blast furnace gas; allocation
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Messagie, M.; Boureima, F.; Mertens, J.; Sanfelix, J.; Macharis, C.; Mierlo, J.V. The Influence of Allocation on the Carbon Footprint of Electricity Production from Waste Gas, a Case Study for Blast Furnace Gas. Energies 2013, 6, 1217-1232.

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