A Cradle-to-Deposition Life Cycle Assessment of Emerging Photovoltaic Materials

Cheung, Wai Ming (2022) A Cradle-to-Deposition Life Cycle Assessment of Emerging Photovoltaic Materials. International Journal of Energy, Environment and Economics, 28 (2). pp. 69-86. ISSN 1054-853X

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With the photovoltaic industry receiving a lot of attention due to its potential benefit to alleviate the dependence of fossil fuels. This work analyses the environmental impact of emerging methods for the deposition of leading photovoltaic materials used in thin film technologies. The impact results are gained from adopting a standardised life cycle assessment (LCA) of which the photovoltaic materials are analysed from their extraction ‘cradle’ to the point at which they are deposed. This work focuses on the impact categories such as resource depletion, eco-toxicity and global warming due to literature review highlights that these are the key areas of concern in LCA of photovoltaic materials. The outcome of this analysis allows a clear recommendation to be established as one of the photovoltaic thin films produces a result with significantly lower impact scores in all of the impact categories.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CIGS, LCA, Life Cycle Assessment, Photovoltaic Materials, PV materials, Toxic Emissions
Subjects: H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
H900 Others in Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2021 11:32
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 08:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47630

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