Environmental topics @ 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

We made an overview of topics about LCA and environmental assessment at the 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (19-24 June 2011, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A).


PV Velocity Forum: Life Cycle Analysis and the Environment 1:30-3:00 pm

  • Vasilis Fthenakis, Tim Green, Damon Turney (Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, NY, USA), Julie Blunden (SunPower, Palo Alto, CA, USA), Lisa Krueger (First Solar, Phoenix, AZ, USA),
    Large Photovoltaic Power Plants: Wildlife Impacts and Benefits,
  • Wolfram Palitzsch, Ulrich Loser (Loser Chemie GmbH, Langenweißbach, Germany),
    Results from Scaling up the NEW Universal Chemical Recycling Procedure for CIS/CIGS and CdTe Photovoltaic Waste,
  • Parikhit Sinha, Lisa Krueger (First Solar, Tempe, AZ, USA), Robert Balas (Iris Environmental, Oakland, CA, USA),
    Fate and Transport Evaluation of Potential Leaching and Fire Risks from CdTe PV,


Poster 10:30 - 12:00 pm

  • Marc Perez (Columbia University, New York, NY, USA,), Vasilis Fthenakis (Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, NY, USA),
    A Life Cycle Assessment of Façade BIPV in New York,
  • Keiichiro Sakurai, Koji Matsubara, Koichi Sakuta (AIST, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan),
    Energy Payback and GHG Emissions of Renewable Power Generation Systems in Japan: A Review.

Environmental topics @ 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference

We made an overview of topics about LCA and environmental assessment at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (5-9 September 2011, Hamburg, Germany).

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  • V. Gómez & J. Clyncke, PV Cycle, Brussels, Belgium
    PV Cycle: the Sustainable Industry Solution for the End-of-Life PV Modules
  • H.Y. Li, C. Ballif & L.E. Perret-Aebi, EPFL, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    Y. Luo, 3S Modultec, Lyss, Switzerland

    How to Re-Use c-Si Solar Cells from Failed PV Modules?
  • W. Palitzsch & U. Loser, Loser Chemie, Hainichen, Germany
    Results from Scaling Up the Universal Chemical Recycling Procedure for Cis, Cigs and CdTe Photovoltaic Waste
  • W. Palitzsch & U. Loser, Loser Chemie, Hainichen, Germany
    A New and Intelligent Demetallization Step of Broken Silicon Cells and Silicon Cell Production Waste in the Recycling Procedure of Crystalline Si Modules
  • C. Gondek, M. Lippold & E. Kroke, University of Freiberg, Germany
    I. Röver, Sunicon, Freiberg, Germany
    HF-H2O2-H2O- and HF-O3-H2O- Mixtures for Cleaning Sg-Silicon: Removal of Metal Contaminations with HNO3-Free Etching Solutions
  • D. Varvitsiotis, A. Fragoulis, A. Sougias, P. Tomaras, G. Koustas, P. Karampelas, A. Vrachni, N. Gavrilakis, V. Samiotakis, E. Koutrouli, H. Sinos & P. Kelverkloglou, Solar Cells Hellas Group, Kalichea, Greece
    Recycling of Silicon Polycrystalline Solar Cells
  • C. Olson, ECN, Petten, The Netherlands
    Life Cycle Assessment of Heterojunction Solar Cells and Modules
  • V.M. Fthenakis & H.C. Kim, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, USA
    Life Cycle Assessment of CIGS Modules With Various Mounting Configurations
  • V.M. Fthenakis, H.C. Kim & D. Turney, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, USA
    G. Heath, D. Hsu & P. O’Donoughue, NREL, Golden, USA
    Life Cycle GHG Emissions of Photovoltaic Electricity Generation: Harmonization of Published Estimates
  • A. Spena, S. Bartocci, G. D'Angiolini, S. Serafin & C. Strati, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
    Environmental and Economic Evaluation of Stand - Alone Photovoltaic Plant Lca Analysis of Current Technology on a Moving Aluminum Structure
  • F.O. Lenzmann & J.M. Kroon, ECN, Petten, The Netherlands
    H.A.J.M. Andriessen, TNO Holst Centre, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    N. Espinosa & R. García-Valverde, Technical University of Cartagena, Spain
    F.C. Krebs, University of Denmark, Roskilde, Denmark

    Life-Cycle Assessment of Flexible Ito-Free Polymer PV Designs Including Various Encapsulation Solutions


Plenary presentations 9:50-11:20:

  • M. de Wild-Scholten, SmartGreenScans,  Groet, The Netherlands
    Environmental Profile of PV Mass Production - Current Status and Outlook

Session Environmental Impacts, Recycling and Safety, 13:30-15:00:

  • K. Flury, M. Stucki, N. Jungbluth & R. Frischknecht, ESU-services, Uster, Switzerland
    Biofuels Versus Solar Electricity: a Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Alternative Fuels
  • C. Candelise & R. Gross, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
    M. Winskel, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Is Indium and Tellurium Availability a Real Concern for CdTe and CIGS Technologies?
  • A. Mezei, M. Canizares, E. Bourricaudy, M. Ashbury & H. Given,SGS Minerals Services, Ontario, Canada
    Technical Feasability Aspects Related to the Hydrometallurgical Recycling of Pay Metals from Thin Film Photovoltaics
  • T. Wetzel & F. Feuerstein, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
    Update of Energy Payback Time Data for Crystalline Silicon PV Modules

Parallel event, 15:15-18:30

Sustainable Aspects for Tera Watt Scale PV,
in cooperation with the EU PV Technology Platform.

Source: http://www.photovoltaic-conference.com/conference/conferenceprogramme.html. Status April 2011.