Development of Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) for Sugarcane Ethanol Production in South Africa

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Abstract

The Biofuels Industrial Strategy established by the government of South Africa in 2007 has emphasised the need to understand the potential benefits and consequences of developing biofuels in the country. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a preferred tool to measure energy and environmental performances of biofuel production; however, LCA relies heavily on data and developing a life cycle inventory (LCI) plays a crucial role in any LCA studies. The lack of availability and difficulty in obtaining data from reliable sources can provide a great challenge during the process of developing biofuels LCI. This study develops a LCI database for the production of ethanol using sugarcane molasses in South Africa. The inventory includes all the input and output data associated with various sub-system of ethanol production. Relevant data are collected through national statistics and various literatures. The LCI has been developed as a first step towards the LCA studies which can assist in measuring the performance of South African ethanol development in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2017 International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2017
EditorsYoussef Zaz, Mohamed Essaaidi
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538628478
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2018
Event5th International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2017 - Tangier, Morocco
Duration: 4 Dec 20177 Dec 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2017 International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2017

Conference

Conference5th International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference, IRSEC 2017
Country/TerritoryMorocco
CityTangier
Period4/12/177/12/17

Keywords

  • South Africa
  • ethanol
  • life cycle inventory (LCI)
  • molasses
  • sugarcane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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