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Environmental and economic evaluation of solar thermal panels using exergy and dimensional analysis

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlocalized Solutions for Sustainability in Manufacturing - Proceedings of the 18th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventCIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering - , Germany
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


ConferenceCIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering
Period1/01/00 → …


Environmental considerations must now be taken into account more and more during the development of products and processes. As the decisions made during the early phases of development influence a large part of the final structure and cost, a quick and efficient way of evaluating environmental impact is crucial to give solid bases to the decisions. This article presents a framework for an environmental and economic evaluation that uses exergy and dimensional analysis, aimed for these early stages of design. The proposed framework is illustrated through a case study on flat solar thermal panels.


  • Dimensional analysis, Environmental evaluation, Exergy, Flat solar thermal panels