The department Life Cycle Engineering (LCE, German “GaBi”) at the Chair of Building Physics (German “LBP”) at Stuttgart University (Germany) was founded by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Eyerer in 1989 within the Institute for Polymer Testing and Polymer Science (IKP). In 2006, the department moved due to internal administrative reasons to the Chair of Building Physics led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Schew-Ram Mehra. The website is: www.lbp-gabi.de. The interdisciplinary team of currently 26 full-time academic staff provides independent ecological, economic and technical decision-support along the life cycle of products, processes, and services. Well over 200 industry and research projects were carried out world-wide, so far. The LBP-GaBi group forms – together with its spin-off company PE International AG- the world’s largest working group in the field of Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Engineering. LBP’s research focus is on methodologies in LCI (Life Cycle Inventory) modelling, LCIA (Life Cycle Impact Assessment), and societal sustainability. Various PhD theses have been successfully finished and several are on-going. The know-how is transferred to students in three university courses. The engineering background, the extensive project experience and the successful linking of research with practical application in industry leads to high qualitative, reliable and customer-oriented solutions. In addition to research and consulting work, LBP-GaBi develops comprehensive but user-friendly software solutions and databases for use in industry practice, research and consultancy in the field of sustainability.
Role in the PreFlexMS project:
- The department GaBi conducts a LCA of a flexible and predictable CSP generation (PreFlexMS). The first step is an analysis of the state-of-the-art. MS tower CSP plant and Combined Cycle Power will be assessed as benchmark. The following steps are the goal and scope definition, a LCI and the life cycle impact assessment. Further sustainability aspects such as an economic analysis and a social analysis with regional considerations will also be included.