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Comparing The Environmental Impacts Of Diesel Generated Electricity With Hybrid Diesel-Wind Electricity For Off Grid First Nation Communities In Ontario : Incorporating A Life Cycle Approach

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posted on 08.06.2021, 07:49 by Jade Schofield
The cost of diesel is rapidly increasing and the environmental impacts associated with diesel fuel combustion are substantial. Hybrid diesel-wind energy was found to be a feasible energy alternative for off-grid electricity production in seven First Nation communities of Ontario. Based on calculating the wind energy potential for a proposed 250 KW wind turbine and determining the amount of diesel that the wind turbine could replace hybrid diesel-wind has the potential to reduce diesel consumption and environmental impacts associated with the current diesel energy systems by 12-46% depending on the wind energy potential. Results of a life cycle analysis comparing the environmental impacts of the proposed hybrid diesel-wind system to the diesel system through the use of GaBi software show that global warming potential is the largest impact for both energy systems, but hybrid diesel-wind can significantly reduce the overall environmental impact caused by off grid diesel electricity generation.

History

Language

eng

Program

Environmental Applied Science and Management

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

Thesis Advisor

Michal Bardecki