A sustainability assessment of electricity generation

Annette Evans*, Vladimir Strezov

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The sustainability of electricity generation has been assessed by the application of eight key indictors. Literature data has been applied to rank different electricity generating technologies in order of sustainability. Photovoltaics, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, natural gas, coal and nuclear power have been compared according to their price, greenhouse gas emissions, efficiency, land use, water use, availability, limitations and social impacts on a per kilowatt hour basis. The relevance of this information to the Australian context is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 International Conference on Biosciences
EditorsPetre Dini, Manuela Popescu
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780769539683, 9781424459308
ISBN (Print)9781424459292
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event1st International Conference on Biosciences, BioSciencesWorld 2010 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 7 Mar 201013 Mar 2010


Other1st International Conference on Biosciences, BioSciencesWorld 2010

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Copyright 2010 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings, the First International Conference on Biosciences, BioSciencesWorld 2010 : BIOTECHNO, BIOINFO, BIOSYSCOM, BIOGREEN, BIODIV, BIOENVIRONMENT : 7-13 March 2010 Cancun, Mexico. This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of Macquarie University’s products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to pubs-permissions@ieee.org. By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it.

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