Environmental Science and Management (ESM)
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
David M Kahler
wind, wind turbine, life cycle assessment, sustainability, renewable energy, energy, environment, air quality
Fossil fuels generate the majority of the electricity in the United States and generate pollutants that negatively affect public and environmental health. Renewable energy projects serve as an opportunity for low-pollution and low-carbon electricity; small-scale projects, such as vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs), provide opportunities for generation in urban areas close to consumers. Researchers collected wind speed and directional data from a potential turbine installation site at Duquesne University to better demonstrate the potential benefits in an urban university location. The data was used in a life cycle assessment framework and a social review to better understand the value of electricity produced by a small-scale VAWT as compared to that produced by natural gas. Results showed that energy produced by the VAWT using the Mellon Hall wind resources created fewer pollutants than that of the natural gas plant.
Ranii, M. (2023). COMPARATIVE LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF SMALL VERTICAL-AXIS WIND TURBINES AND NATURAL GAS FACILITY AT AN URBAN UNIVERSITY (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/2168