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    ABSTRACT: Renewable energies have a key role in defining an energy policy based on security, independence, and sustainability. The Italian market is characterised by the absence of support mechanisms for photovoltaic sources for electricity and by a high level of maturity in the energy market. Consequently, this paper contributes to, and advances, the debate concerning self-consumption that can support the economic sustainability of photovoltaic facilities. We constructed a database to conduct an analysis. A survey was conducted among 750 companies operating in various stages of the industry supply chain. The survey collected data related to industry turnover, profitability levels, profitability margins of the business areas and employee numbers. The economic feasibility of photovoltaic investment is evaluated for systems of varying sizes (3 kW, 20 kW, 200 kW, 400 kW, and 1 MW) located in two areas of the country to account for different levels of insolation (northern and southern regions). The indicators used are net present value (NPV) and discounted payback time (DPBT). A subsequent sensitivity and scenario analysis is conducted according to the share of self-consumption, investment costs, and financial structure to examine 210 case studies.
    Energy Conversion and Management 12/2014; 88:317–331. · 3.59 Impact Factor
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    F. Cucchiella, I. D'Adamo, M. Gastaldi
    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 05/2014; submitted to. · 5.63 Impact Factor
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    Federica Cucchiella, Idiano D’Adamo, Massimo Gastaldi
    Energy Conversion and Management 01/2014; 77:709-720. · 3.59 Impact Factor
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  • Federica Cucchiella, Idiano D'Adamo, S. C. Lenny Koh
    Journal of Cleaner Production 11/2013; · 3.59 Impact Factor
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    Federica Cucchiella, Idiano D’Adamo
    Energy Conversion and Management 01/2013; 76:774-780. · 3.59 Impact Factor
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    Federica Cucchiella, Idiano D’Adamo, Massimo Gastaldi
    Advanced Materials Research 01/2013; 739:768-776.
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    ABSTRACT: Green supply chain management GSCM has emerged as a key approach for enterprises seeking to become environmentally sustainable. This paper aims to evaluate and describe the advantages of a GSCM approach by analysing practices and performance consequences in the battery recycling sector. It seeks to integrate works in supply chain management SCM, environmental management, performance management and real option RO theory into one framework. In particular, life cycle assessment LCA is applied to evaluate the environmental impact of a battery recycling plant project, and life cycle costing LCC is applied to evaluate its economic impact. Firms, also understanding the relevance of GSCM, have often avoided applying the green principles because of the elevated costs that such management involved. Such costs could also seem superior to the potential advantages since standard performance measurement systems are internally and business focused; for these reasons, we consider all the possible value deriving also by uncertainty associated to a green project using the RO theory. This work is one of the few and pioneering efforts to investigate GSCM practices in the battery recycling sector.
    International Journal of Systems Science 01/2013; · 1.31 Impact Factor
  • Federica Cucchiella, Massimo Gastaldi
    Advanced Materials Research 01/2013; 746:551-556.
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    Federica Cucchiella, Idiano D'Adamo, Massimo Gastaldi
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, Europe has promoted a series of waste regulations to achieve greater protection of the environment. This objective can be obtained by adopting an integrated management system for the reduction of waste production and developing systems for waste sorting, energy recovery and waste recycling. Such interventions that find their justification in an environmental perspective must be also sustainable from an economic perspective. An analysis of the Italian situation highlights a dependency on landfills; this phenomenon must be reduced to identify actions aimed at safeguarding and protecting the environment. The aim of this paper is to analyse the economic and environmental benefits from diverting waste from landfills towards energy recovery in twenty Italian regions.
    Science of The Total Environment 12/2012; 443C:955-964. · 3.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Photovoltaic (PV) connected systems are experiencing rapid market growth. This is due to the continually downward trend in PV cost together with government support programs. A scenario has been assumed to analyse the geographical market of PVs. The results provide clear evidence of the influence that some variables have on the profitability of PV investments. This study presents a model for minimising investment risk and maximising the return of a renewable energy portfolio in Italy. The value of the paper is in showing that the energy and CO2 reduction potential that can be reached through consumer-oriented policy measures, but the paper also looks at the effectiveness and social implications of such measures. Private households possess immense unused potential for energy reductions (and climate protection) that could be realised through gains in energy efficiency, behavioural changes, and extended use of low-emission energy. The focus of energy policy has been on businesses rather than on private households, which are only partly captured by direct policy measures. To achieve the goals of climate policies, the current political and scientific discussion increasingly considers measures that aim to reduce energy consumption in the private sector. Quantitative estimates are presented for economic indicators and will show the various effects of policy measures on the implemented household types.
    Energy and Buildings 12/2012; · 2.68 Impact Factor
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    Federica Cucchiella, Idiano D'Adamo, Massimo Gastaldi
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    ABSTRACT: Diverting waste from landfill is one of the basic priorities on improving the use of resources and reducing the environmental impacts of waste management. In order to achieve this goal it is necessary to limit the amount of materials sent to final disposal and promote energy recovery. In Italy the use of recycling is registering a growing trend but the recourse to landfill is still too high with respect to European Commission targets. The aim of the paper was to analyse the financial and economic benefits that energy recovery could produce by diverting waste from landfills in an Italian region, as landfilling cannot be a solution in the long term because of its finite capacity and for various other ecological reasons. A sensitivity analysis on the critical variables of this plan and a risk analysis are also provided.
    Waste management & research : the journal of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association, ISWA. 10/2012;
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    F. Cucchiella, L. Koh
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    Supply Chain Management 01/2012; 17(1). · 2.92 Impact Factor
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    F. Cucchiella, I. D'Adamo
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    ABSTRACT: The balance between the demand for electricity by consumers and businesses, and environmental protection, is one of the key challenges of our society.
    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 01/2012; 12(3):1562– 1576. · 5.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose – The aim of this paper is to conceptualise a structural model of natural resource based green supply chain management (GSCM), and its relationship, with an indication of cause and effect, to relevant performance measures and drivers. Design/methodology/approach – The literature, describing GSCM from a natural resource based view (NRBV), along with performance measures and institutional drivers, is critically evaluated and used to develop the model. Findings – Constructs are identified in terms of intra- and inter-organisational environmental practices, performance measures and institutional drivers. Causal relationships, within and between the constructs, are also proposed in the form of hypotheses. Research limitations/implications – At this stage the model is purely conceptual and the causal relationships are only proposed. Empirical tests of the model and hypotheses are required. Practical implications – On empirical verification, this work can furnish managers with validated measurement scales to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses in their GSCM implementation and determine how firms can successfully implement GSCM to promote sustainable industrial development. Originality/value – GSCM from within the NRBV perspective, and incorporating performance measures and institutional drivers, has yet to be comprehensively synthesised in a coherent model. This conceptual work is the first step in that direction.
    Supply Chain Management 01/2012; 17(1):54-67. · 2.92 Impact Factor
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    F. Cucchiella, I. D'Adamo, M. Gastaldi
    Energy Education Science and Technology Part a-Energy Science and Research. 01/2012; 30(1):673-692.
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    F. Cucchiella, I. D'Adamo
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    ABSTRACT: The production of electricity from renewable sources plays a strategic role in the future of energy because it helps to effectively manage climate change through an energy generation portfolio with lower emissions of greenhouse gases.Photovoltaic solar energy is safe and sustainable and is characterised by a growing trend with a cumulative installed capacity that has reached a total of 40. GW in 2010.In this paper, investigations are presented using multiple calculations: Energy Payback Time (EPBT), Greenhouse Gas per kilowatt hour (GHG/kWh), Energy Return on Investment (EROI), Greenhouse Gas Payback Time (GPBT) and Greenhouse Gas Return on Investment (GROI). These metrics make it possible to define the energy and environmental performances for a building-integrated photovoltaic system located in Italy.The module efficiency, the embodied energy and the annual solar irradiance are variables that play a strong role in this analysis. The key parameters include the type of solar cells (e.g., mono-crystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride) and the location where the system is installed (Milan, Rome and Palermo).The results determine whether solar energy has a viable strategic role in the global energy market. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 01/2012; 16(7):5245-5259. · 5.63 Impact Factor
  • F. Cucchiella, I. D'Adamo, M. Gastaldi
    International Conference on Asia Pacific Business Innovation and Technology Management, Lausanne; 01/2011
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    Federica Cucchiella, Idiano D’Adamo, Massimo Gastaldi
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    ABSTRACT: Environmental protection is one of the key challenges of our society in which you want to combine this with the needs of future generations. The prevention and minimization of waste production is therefore one priority. It is well-known in Italy how data on the use of recycling is registering a growing trend, even by users such aspects are evaluated with a growing importance, however, recourse to the use of the landfill is in Italy still very high (53%). This work focuses on the downstream phase of the waste collection and seeks to define the possible environmental strategy to be adopted in the Abruzzo region. In fact, the location of the plant, the choice between a centralized or decentralized if it were possible to fix the area of expertise on a regional and non-provincial basis and the system design choices are critical for a proper environmental policy. These choices even if they aspire to help reduce air pollution, must have their financial and / or economic justification. It is therefore necessary to quantify the profitability of a plant with energy recovery compared to the use of landfills.
    Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 01/2011; 25:54-72.
  • F. Cucchiella, I. D'Adamo, M. Gastaldi
    9 th International Conference on Supply Chain Management and Information Systems, Prato; 01/2011

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