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Environmental, Policy and Social Analysis of Photovoltaic Technologies

Abstract Many expect renewable energy technologies to play a leading role in a sustainable energy supply system and to aid the shift away from an over-reliance on traditional hydrocarbon resources in the next few decades. This dissertation develops environmental, policy and social models to help understand various aspects of photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The first part of this dissertation advances the life cycle assessment (LCA) of PV systems by expanding the boundary of included processes using hybrid LCA and accounting for the technology-driven dynamics of environmental impacts. Hybrid LCA extends the traditional method combining bottom-up process-sum and top-down economic input-output (EIO) approaches. The embodied energy and carbon of multi-c... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Zhai, Pei (Author) / Williams, Eric D (Advisor) / Allenby, Braden (Committee member) / Phelan, Patrick (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Alternative Energy / Environmental Sciences / fuzzy logic / life cycle / photovoltaic / policy / renewable energy / social
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 136 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Sustainability 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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