MS Thesis: Life Cycle Analysis of Residential Heating Alternatives for PM 2.5 Reduction in Central and Southern Cities in Chile

MS Thesis: Life Cycle Analysis of Residential Heating Alternatives for PM 2.5 Reduction in Central and Southern Cities in Chile

By Selva Calixto

Advisor: Professor Vasilis Fthenakis
Co-Advisor: Professor Athanasios Bourtsalas

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science
Columbia University

May 2016

The goal of this study was to compare the environmental impact of the current residential heating systems in Central and Southern cities in Chile, with alternative energy sources such as electricity, as well as the impact of a higher contribution of solar energy in the Central Interconnected System (SIC). A Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) was conducted in order to compare its environmental impact.

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