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2019 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Comparison of Cascaded Utilization with Life Cycle Assessment – a Case Study of Wind Turbine Blades

Authors: Kalle Wulf, Frauke Germer, Henning Albers

Published in: Cascade Use in Technologies 2018

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

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The utilization of resources in multiple cascade stages can improve the resource efficiency of product systems. This paper discusses a method by which a comparison of cascaded utilizations can be achieved despite the multi-functionality of such systems. Based on a comparison of the cascaded utilization with an equivalence system, potential reductions in impact indicators can be identified. In a case study, four scenarios for the cascaded utilization of a rotor blade are developed on the basis of a literature review. Potential reductions in the impact indicators Cumulative Energy Demand (CED) and Cumulative Raw Material Demand (CRD) are calculated. The main results of a review of the method are twofold: (i) The selection of the equivalence systems has a decisive influence on the result of the study and (ii) the approach requires a high data diversity and availability.

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Title
Comparison of Cascaded Utilization with Life Cycle Assessment – a Case Study of Wind Turbine Blades
Authors
Kalle Wulf
Frauke Germer
Henning Albers
Copyright Year
2019
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-57886-5_16