Comparing the sustainability parameters of renewable, nuclear and fossil fuel electricity generation technologies

Abbette Evans, Vladimir Strezov, Tim Evans

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    Abstract

    The sustainability parameters of electricity generation have been evaluated by the application of eight key indicators. Photovoltaics, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, natural gas, coal and nuclear power have been assessed 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. Also included are the results of a survey on Australian opinions regarding electricity generation, which found that Australian prefer solar electricity above any other method and also support wind power, with over 90% support, however coal, biomass and nuclear power have low acceptance rates at 30% or less. Most Australians, greater than 90%, believe that the government is not doing enough to support renewable electricity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st World Energy Congress. 12-16 September 2010, Montreal, QC
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherWorld Energy Council
    Pages1-19
    Number of pages19
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventWorld Energy Congress (21st : 2010) - Montreal, QC
    Duration: 12 Sep 201016 Sep 2010

    Conference

    ConferenceWorld Energy Congress (21st : 2010)
    CityMontreal, QC
    Period12/09/1016/09/10

    Keywords

    • electricity
    • sustainability
    • life cycle

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    Evans, A., Strezov, V., & Evans, T. (2010). Comparing the sustainability parameters of renewable, nuclear and fossil fuel electricity generation technologies. In Proceedings of the 21st World Energy Congress. 12-16 September 2010, Montreal, QC (pp. 1-19). London: World Energy Council.