Various power generation and fuel technologies are evaluated based upon the following metrics:

  • Capital Cost
  • Operating Cost
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Emissions
  • Reliability
  • Lead/Lag Time
  • Life Time

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach provides an excellent method for characterizing the interdependencies between energy resources (coal, biomass, crude oil, etc) and energy carriers (electricity, ethanol, gasoline, etc).

The following links give examples of various power generation and energy storage technologies to be evaluated:

Click here for a brief overview of electrical generation options.

Click here for a brief overview of energy storage options.