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Social Life Cycle Impact Assessment of PEM and Alkaline Electrocatalysts Used to Generate Hydrogen

Srinath, Siddarth (2023) Social Life Cycle Impact Assessment of PEM and Alkaline Electrocatalysts Used to Generate Hydrogen.

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Abstract:In entrepreneurship, innovation is pivotal for success, especially in renewable energy, where combating climate change is crucial. The global shift to sustainability spotlights hydrogen generation, particularly via electrolysis for its efficiency and renewable compatibility. This study probes social sustainability in Responsible Innovation, using the UN's Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) to gauge the social impacts of metals in Alkaline (Ni, Ni-Fe) and Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) (Pt, Ir) electrocatalysts for hydrogen production. This research employs a comprehensive life cycle approach, assessing mining companies' adherence to global best practices. It utilizes an Excel tool for evaluation. Results contrast Nickel and Nickel-Iron against Platinum and Iridium, with the former displaying better compliance with international standards, influenced by geographical and operational dynamics. This study highlights the need for Social Sustainability in Responsible Innovation and showcases the potential of the developed tool for guiding socially responsible material choices in sustainable development. Despite limitations, it provides a strong foundation for future research and practical applications, fostering sustainability in hydrogen generation.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:01 general works, 70 social sciences in general
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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