Ms. Hsin-Tien Lin

Postdoctoral Research

National Taiwan University

Hsin-Tien Lin is a postdoctoral researcher of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Taiwan University. She completed her Ph.D. at Kyoto University and her master and bachelor degree at National Taiwan University, majoring mechanical engineering and energy science. With the mechanical engineering background, she started her research in the material properties of transparent conductive oxide thin films. She has succeeded in improving the uniformity of large area zinc oxide thin film deposited by air pressure plasma jet. During her Ph.D., she focuses on waste management and used environmental assessment tools including Life Cycle Assessment and Material Flow Analysis to evaluate waste management system. Her research interests lie in end-of-life management, circular economy, and energy materials.

Forecasting the resource recovery potential of current and future endof-life vehicle under modal shift

This research focuses on forecasting the resource recovery potential of current and future end-of-life vehicle under modal shift by material flow analysis and energy footprint analysis. Transportation is one of the most significant source of the world energy consumption, responsible for 23% of total CO2 emissions from fuel combustion and road transport was responsible for 20%. New generation vehicles, such as electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, are expected to contribute to energy conservation due to the reduction in the fuel consumption. However, the modal shift changing to new generation vehicles and the use of critical may have negative effects on the end-of-life vehicle generation number and the energy consumption associated with the production of materials. It is necessary to recycle and recovery the vehicle embedded resources by the improvement of the end-of-life management. Material flow analysis is applied to project the modal-related waste flows analysis. We estimate the amount of ELV generation by population balance model to obtain the vehicle disposal flows under different scenarios. The impacts from material production are calculated with the Economic Input–Output Life Cycle Assessment model (EIO-LCA model) after determining the material composition of each vehicle. The results obtained from this research can be applied to evaluated the trade-off or pay-back time of the choice of different vehicle type. The resource quantification results also support the decision making for the automobile industry and recycling industry to install proper treatment capacity for the improvement of efficiency.