Life cycle assessment of power generation alternatives for a stand-alone mobile house

Sevencan S., ÇİFTÇİOĞLU G. A.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, cilt.38, sa.34, ss.14369-14379, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 38 Konu: 34
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.09.029
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.14369-14379


This paper presents comparative life cycle assessment of nine different hybrid power generation solutions that meet the energy demand of a prototypical mobile home. In these nine solutions, photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine are used as the main energy source. Fuel cell and diesel generator are utilized as backup systems. Batteries, compressed H-2, and H-2 in metal hydrides are employed as backup energy storage. The findings of the study shows that renewable energy sources, although they are carbon-free, are not as environmentally friendly as may generally be thought. The comparative findings of this study indicate that a hybrid system with a wind turbine as a main power source and a diesel engine as backup power system is the most environmentally sound solution among the alternatives. Copyright (C) 2013, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.