Although hydrogen is generally considered to be a clean fuel, it is important to recognize that its production may have negative impacts on the environment. Examining the resource consumption, energy requirements, and emissions from a life cycle point of view gives a complete picture of the environmental burdens associated with hydrogen production. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has performed a life cycle assessment (LCA) on a renewable hydrogen production process that employs wind/electrolysis. The results of the LCA showed areas where improvements would have the greatest reduction in stressors (i.e., resources, energy, and pollutants).
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Using LCA to Find Improvements for Hydrogen Production From Wind Electrolysis
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Spath, PL, & Mann, MK. "Using LCA to Find Improvements for Hydrogen Production From Wind Electrolysis." Proceedings of the ASME 2003 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Volume 3a: 8th Design for Manufacturing Conference. Chicago, Illinois, USA. September 2–6, 2003. pp. 103-106. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2003/DFM-48143
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