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Main Title Life cycle design of amorphous silicon photovoltaic modules /
Author Lewis, Geoffrey M. ; Keoleian, G. A.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Keoleian, Gregory A.
CORP Author Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. National Pollution Prevention Center.;National Risk Management Research Lab., Cincinnati, OH.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Risk Management Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1997
Report Number EPA-R-822998-01-0; EPA/600/R-97/081
Stock Number PB97-193106
Subjects Photovoltaic cells ; Photovoltaic power generation ; Product life cycle
Additional Subjects Photovoltaic cells ; Silicon solar cells ; Service life ; Design analysis ; Solar energy ; Photovoltaic conversion ; Energy conversion ; Energy efficiency ; Reuse ; Recycling ; Waste management ; Life cycle costs ; Life-cycle design ; Life-cycle assessment ; Pollution prevention ; Sustainability
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NTIS  PB97-193106 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 1 volume
The primary objective of this project was to develop and apply design metrics for assessing and guiding the improvement of PV product systems. The total PV life cycle, encompassing material production, manufacturing and assembly, use, and end of life management was investigated. Energy payback time, electricity production efficiency, life cycle conversion efficiency, and life cycle cost metrics were evaluated for modules located in Detroit, Boulder, and Phoenix, three sites with different insolation. The study also explored the energy savings associated with several strategies for design improvement, including frameless modules, frame reuse, and an alternative procedure for module encapsulation. Life cycle air emissions, waterborne effluents, and solid waste were not investigated due to a lack of available data.
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