Research Projects


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Analysis for SFU Fleet Electrification (PICS Living Lab scholar project)

To reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality, Kamaria Kuling investigates the benefits and challenges of replacing SFU’s operational vehicle fleet with low or zero emission vehicles such as electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).

Kuling will perform life cycle assessments (LCA) on SFU’s operational vehicle fleet to compare the challenges and potential trade-offs of electrification.

Project summary:

  • This project will investigate the opportunities and challenges associated with the electrification of SFU’s operational fleet vehicles.
  • Life cycle assessments (LCA) on the SFU operational vehicle fleet will be completed and compared with the challenges and potential trade-offs of electrification.
  • The Fleet LCA tool, developed by Ahmadi (former SFU postdoc) and Kjeang (SFU faculty) and supported by PICS, will be used to analyze the energy and resources required for the new EVs and disposal of used batters at the end of the vehicle life and can also determine emissions from both the existing and future vehicle options.
  • The vehicle options will include electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) that offer low or zero emission.
 
How will this project benefit society? 
Climate change is detrimental to our environment. For a cleaner, greener and more resilient future, we need to live and operate within the means of the planet. Transportation is a big contributer to greenhouse gas emissions. The LCA analysis will help SFU reduce fleet emissions and shift to renewable energy.
 
Research Team
  • Kamaria Kuling, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • Taco Niet, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • David Agosti, Director, Parking and Sustainable Mobility
The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Analysis for SFU Fleet Electrification is a PICS Living Lab scholar project.

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