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An Anticipatory-Lifecycle Approach Towards Increasing the Environmental Gains from Photovoltaic Systems Through Improved Manufacturing and Recycling

Abstract Photovoltaics (PV) is an environmentally promising technology to meet climate goals and transition away from greenhouse-gas (GHG) intensive sources of electricity. The dominant approach to improve the environmental gains from PV is increasing the module efficiency and, thereby, the renewable electricity generated during use. While increasing the use-phase environmental benefits, this approach doesn’t address environmentally intensive PV manufacturing and recycling processes.

Lifecycle assessment (LCA), the preferred framework to identify and address environmental hotspots in PV manufacturing and recycling, doesn’t account for time-sensitive climate impact of PV manufacturing GHG emissions and underestimates the climate benefit of manufact... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Triplican Ravikumar, Dwarakanath (Author) / Seager, Thomas P (Advisor) / Fraser, Matthew P (Advisor) / Chester, Mikhail (Committee member) / Sinha, Parikhit (Committee member) / Tao, Meng (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental engineering / Lifecycle Assessment / Photovoltaics / Photovoltaics manufacturing / Photovoltaics recycling / Sustainability
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 334 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Civil and Environmental Engineering 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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