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Rice Cooker Lifecycle Assessment Bianca Tenorio, Jessie Oehrlein, Lena Wu, Linda Lazo, Mason del Rosario

The electric rice cooker provides easy access to a variety of quick meals
Functional Unit Energy Consumption Per Meal
featuring a staple element of many cuisines. Its automated nature allows
it to unobtrusively cook high-quality rice on a regular basis. Cooking Standby
1 Cup of Rice Power 490 W 40 W
Time 15 min 80 min
Product Unit Impact
Energy 122.5 Wh 53.3 Wh

3 Cups Rice 1 Cup 80


Energy Comparison
Water
24 Cups (Cook) 8 Cups
72 Cooker 25.9 mEuro
70
Water
65.9
(Clean)
Usage Assumptions

1 Cup 1 Cup Rice at Farm: Gas Stove 33.6 mEuro


60
0.429 euro/kg

Volume of Rice:
Eco-cost (euros)

Years 0.18 - 2.21 m


10 Years 6 Years 50
Electric Stove 72 mEuro

Meals per
Week 40
6 Meals 3 Meals Eco-Cost/meal (milliEuro)
Cast Aluminum in
Heating Element:
0.65 - 73.52 euros/kg

9360
Rice/Year
(Cups)
780
30
System Boundary
Cups Cups

Include
Rice
20 Components Ocean Freight Landfill
Water
Water/Year Packaging Land Transit Recycling
Electricity
78000 (Cups) 7488
Material +
Cups Cups 10 7.4 Material Manufacturing
Use Distribution Disposal

Total Rice 4.2 Use

Exclude
Water Network Ceramic
949.8 Eco-cost 79.2 Distribution Metal + Polymer Water Storage Last 5 Miles Kraton
Forming Soap/Sponge
euros euros 0 Disposal Growing Rice
Food Waste
Low High Low High