AMO has created a repository of short training videos (5-10 minutes each) on cost and environmental impact analysis topics. The videos help users assess and estimate the energy, greenhouse gas, and economic/market impact potential of a new technology and compare those impacts to technologies currently available in the marketplace. See the list below for short descriptions and links to each video. Check back for new videos to be released in 2022.

Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): LCA is a methodology for assessing the environmental impacts associated with the entire life cycle of a product or process.

Introduction to Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA): TEA is a method for evaluating the economic performance of a technology.

Defining Functional Units for LCA and TEA: The functional unit describes a quantity of product or product system on the basis of the performance it delivers in its end-use application.

Technology Benchmarking for Comparative LCA and TEA: The commercial benchmark technology is the primary technology in the marketplace that the new technology would displace.

View the Training Videos:

Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

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Introduction to Life Cycle Assessments
DOE YouTube

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a methodology for assessing the environmental impacts associated with the entire life cycle of a particular product or process. This video introduces LCA methodologies and explains how LCA techniques can be used to assess the environmental impacts of a manufactured product holistically. Three different LCA approaches are introduced: attributional LCA, consequential LCA, and a hybrid (benchmarking) LCA approach.

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Introduction to Techno-Economic Analysis
DOE YouTube

Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) is a method for evaluating the economic performance of a technology. This video introduces TEA analysis concepts and estimation methods, describing a cost benchmarking approach that focuses on comparing an emerging technology to an existing commercial benchmark.

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Defining Functional Units for LCA and TEA

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Defining Functional Units for LCA & TEA
DOE YouTube

The functional unit describes a quantity of product or product system on the basis of the performance it delivers in its end-use application. This video describes the purpose of the functional unit in LCA and TEA analyses, provides examples of functional units for different products and technologies, and discusses considerations for selecting the best functional unit.

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Technology Benchmarking for Comparative LCA and TEA

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Technology Benchmarking for Comparative LCA & TEA
DOE YouTube

The commercial benchmark technology is the primary technology in the marketplace that the new technology would displace. This video discusses best practices for identifying commercial benchmarks for use in LCA or TEA analyses.

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