Towards prospective life cycle assessment: Single wall carbon nanotubes for lithium-ion batteries

Ben A. Wender, Thomas Seager

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Abstract

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is increasingly recognized as the proper framework for understanding the environmental impacts of nanotechnologies. In practice, applying LCA to nanotechnology is problematic. The performance, emissions, and inventory data collected at the laboratory scale may not be representative of the commercial scale. Despite the high uncertainty, LCA may guide nascent technologies towards being environmentally beneficial through early identification of leverage points. This research applies novel LCA methods based on laboratory-scale manufacturing data and battery performance modeling to quantify the energy tradeoffs associated with nano-enabled lithium ion batteries. At present, the large energy demands of nanomanufacturing processes make commercial scale application of nano-enabled batteries impracticable. This case study reveals both the challenge and value of applying prospective LCA to nanomaterials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 29 2011
Event2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: May 16 2011May 18 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011

Other

Other2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period5/16/115/18/11

Keywords

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Lithium ion batteries
  • Nanotechnology
  • Single-walled carbon nanotubes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Wender, B. A., & Seager, T. (2011). Towards prospective life cycle assessment: Single wall carbon nanotubes for lithium-ion batteries. In Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011 [5936889] (Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSST.2011.5936889