Wu, Zitao; Zhai, Haibo (2021): Consumptive life cycle water use of biomass-to-power plants with carbon capture and sequestration

Wu, Zitao; Zhai, Haibo (2021): Consumptive life cycle water use of biomass-to-power plants with carbon capture and sequestration. In Applied Energy 303, p. 117702. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.117702.

„Biomass-to-power conversion provides the most promising route to bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS). The objectives of this study are to estimate the water consumption of biomass-to-power plants with CCS and then quantify its variability and uncertainty on a life cycle basis. The fuel-based life cycle analysis reveals that compared to the case of complete coal combustion with CCS, co-firing biomass at coal-fired power plants with CCS significantly increases the life cycle blue water consumption, depending on the type, co-firing rate, and production location of biomass; and dedicated biomass combustion with CCS further increases the life cycle blue water consumption by a factor of more than 55.“

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