Life cycle assessment of geothermal sources in Kenya

Alvin Kiprono Bett, Saeid Jalilinasrabady

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Power generation is a source of environmental pollutants globally. In Kenya, energy sources are mainly renewable. A life cycle assessment (LCA) of geothermal energy is presented for five geothermal power plants calculated using a geothermal LCA calculator developed by Argonne National Laboratory. The metrics calculated for electricity generation were greenhouse gas ratios, fossil energy, and material to power ratio (MPR). MPR values for different materials consumed were cement between 73-417 MT/MW and steel between 102-464 MT/MW. Energy input in development contributed mainly to greenhouse gas emissions of between 1.115-3.189 g/kWh. LCA in prospecting fields reduces the environmental impacts and aims at a higher drilling success rate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUsing the Earth to Save the Earth - 2021 Geothermal Rising Conference, GRC 2021
PublisherGeothermal Resources Council
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0934412278
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 Geothermal Rising Conference: Using the Earth to Save the Earth, GRC 2021 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2021Oct 6 2021

Publication series

NameTransactions - Geothermal Resources Council
ISSN (Print)0193-5933


Conference2021 Geothermal Rising Conference: Using the Earth to Save the Earth, GRC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geophysics


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