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Challenges in Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Waste-Based Biofuels in EU and US Biofuel Policies: Case Study of Butanol and Ethanol Production from Municipal Solid Waste (2019)
Journal Article
Meng, F., & McKechnie, J. (2019). Challenges in Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Waste-Based Biofuels in EU and US Biofuel Policies: Case Study of Butanol and Ethanol Production from Municipal Solid Waste. Environmental Science and Technology, 53(20), 12141-12149. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b04286

Conversion of wastes to biofuels is a promising route to provide renewable low-carbon fuels, based on a low- or negative-cost feedstock, whose use can avoid negative environmental impacts of conventional waste treatment. However, current policies tha... Read More

Process simulation and life cycle assessment of converting autoclaved municipal solid waste into butanol and ethanol as transport fuels (2019)
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Meng, F., Ibbett, R., de Vrije, T., Metcalf, P., Tucker, G., & McKechnie, J. (2019). Process simulation and life cycle assessment of converting autoclaved municipal solid waste into butanol and ethanol as transport fuels. Waste Management, 89, 177-189. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2019.04.003

In 2015/2016, the total municipal solid waste (MSW) collected by local authority in the U.K. was 26 million tonnes and over 57% is still put into landfill or incinerated. MSW is a promising feedstock for bio-butanol production as it has a high lignoc... Read More

Life cycle energy use and greenhouse gas emission of lightweight vehicle – a body-in-white design (2019)
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Sun, X., Meng, F., Liu, J., McKechnie, J., & Yang, J. (2019). Life cycle energy use and greenhouse gas emission of lightweight vehicle – a body-in-white design. Journal of Cleaner Production, 220, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.01.225

A life cycle assessment (LCA) study is performed to compare the life cycle primary energy demand (PED) and global warming potential (GWP) of steel baseline automotive body-in-white (BIW) with three types of lightweight Scenarios. Scenario I, Scenario... Read More

Wind turbine blade end-of-life options: an eco-audit comparison (2018)
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Liu, P., Meng, F., & Barlow, C. Y. (2019). Wind turbine blade end-of-life options: an eco-audit comparison. Journal of Cleaner Production, 212, 1268-1281. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.12.043

Wind energy has developed rapidly over the last two decades to become one of the most promising economical and green sources of renewable energy, responding to concerns about use of fossil fuels and increasing demand for energy. However, attention is... Read More

Techno-economic evaluation of multiple energy piles for a ground-coupled heat pump system (2018)
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Cui, Y., Zhu, J., & Meng, F. (2018). Techno-economic evaluation of multiple energy piles for a ground-coupled heat pump system. Energy Conversion and Management, 178, 200-216. doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2018.10.042

A technical and economic feasibility study of multiple energy piles (EPs) for a ground-coupled heat pump (GCHP) system is presented in this paper. The GCHP system energy performance and life-cycle cost (LCC) are evaluated, it is found that the system... Read More

Comparing life cycle energy and global warming potential of carbon fibre composite recycling technologies and waste management options (2018)
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Meng, F., Olivetti, E. A., Zhao, Y., Chang, J. C., Pickering, S. J., & McKechnie, J. (in press). Comparing life cycle energy and global warming potential of carbon fibre composite recycling technologies and waste management options. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01026

Carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP) are used in increasing quantities as they have some of the best properties in terms of specific strength and stiffness of any widely available material. By 2020, annual global CFRP production is expected to be... Read More

An assessment of financial viability of recycled carbon fibre in automotive applications (2018)
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Meng, F., McKechnie, J., & Pickering, S. J. (2018). An assessment of financial viability of recycled carbon fibre in automotive applications. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 109, doi:10.1016/j.compositesa.2018.03.011

Carbon fibre (CF) recycling has been demonstrated to achieve reductions in environmental impacts compared to virgin CF production, but there is limited understanding of the financial viability of recycling and reutilisation of recycled CF (rCF). In t... Read More

Environmental aspects of use of recycled carbon fibre composites in automotive applications (2017)
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Meng, F., McKechnie, J., Turner, T., Wong, K. H., & Pickering, S. J. (in press). Environmental aspects of use of recycled carbon fibre composites in automotive applications. Environmental Science and Technology, 51(21), doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b04069

The high cost and energy intensity of virgin carbon fibre manufacture provides an opportunity to recover substantial value from carbon fibre reinforced plastic wastes. In this study, we assess the life cycle environmental implications of recovering c... Read More

Energy and environmental assessment and reuse of fluidised bed recycled carbon fibres (2017)
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Meng, F., McKechnie, J., Turner, T., & Pickering, S. (2017). Energy and environmental assessment and reuse of fluidised bed recycled carbon fibres. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 100, doi:10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.05.008

Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) recycling and the reutilisation of the recovered carbon fibre (rCF) 2 can compensate for the high impacts of virgin carbon fibre (vCF) production. In this paper, we evaluate the 3 energy and environmental impact... Read More