The Proposal of Environmental Evaluation of Household Fuel Cell Considering Life-Cycle Analysis and Process Designing

  • Kiyofumi SatoEmail author
  • Yuna Seo
  • Kiyoshi Dowaki


Fuel cell technology is a promising countermeasure for mitigation of global warming problem. In the R&D on this technology, the achievements of higher energy efficiency and/or energy saving including cogeneration system are focused. Due to these benefits, the abatement of greenhouse gases (GHGs) is expected. However, the estimation of eco-burden should be identified by not only GHGs but also other impacts. In International Electrotechnical Commission/Technical Committee 105 (IEC/TC 105), the visualization of eco-burden on basis of LCA has been developed to improve the FC cogeneration system (CGS) for a residential sector. Both of PEFC-CGS and SOFC-CGS were targeted in this paper. The direct CO2 emission linked to the operating performance and the indirect emission and metal depletion attributed to their manufacturing specifications were analyzed. In addition, here, using data envelopment analysis (DEA) to combine these multiple aspects, the advanced eco-efficacy (FC-DEA) was proposed. Due to this index, the operating performance and eco-friendly manufacturing scheme can be expressed at the same time.


PEFC-CGS SOFC-CGS Life-cycle assessment Data envelopment analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial Administration, Graduate School and TechnologyTokyo University of ScienceTokyoJapan

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