Special Issue "Life Cycle Assessment and Economic Analysis on End-of-Life of Solar Photovoltaics"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ilke Celik
Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD, USA
Interests: sustainability; solar energy; life cycle assessment
Dr. Ramez Hosseinian Ahangharnejhad
Co-Guest Editor
Department of Physics, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA
Interests: solar energy; material science; device science
Dr. Gonzalo Rodriguez Garcia
Co-Guest Editor
Institute of Fluid Dynamics, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden, Germany
Interests: life cycle assessment; photovoltaics; energy storage; energy systems analysis; end of life management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), last year’s total photovoltaic (PV) installations increased 12% from 2018, with significant growth across all continents. Overall, a total of 629 GW of solar PV stations were installed throughout the world by the end of 2019, and these systems are currently able to cover about 3% of global electricity demand. While the current electricity production from PV is relatively small, the PV boom of the past decade is expected to continue. In fact, within the past few years, most of the new electricity added was from new PV installations. Since PV is a relatively new technology and the lifetimes of the existing PV modules are about 20 to 30 years, the large volume of PV waste is yet to come. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that at a global scale, the recycling of PV solid waste can unlock 78 million tons of raw materials and other valuable components, globally, by 2050. If fully injected back into the economy, the value of the recovered material could exceed USD 15 billion by 2050. These numbers are very promising and, yet, to this day, there is very little information on options for managing PV waste and their associated environmental and economic benefits to the society.

This Special Issue of Energies entitled “Life Cycle Assessment and Economic Analysis on Solar Photovoltaics” focuses on environmental impacts and cost analysis of solar PV panels in their end-of-life.

Topics of interest for publication include but are not limited to:

  • Life cycle assessment of crystalline silicon photovoltaic waste
  • Life cycle assessment of CIGS/CIS photovoltaic waste
  • Life cycle assessment of CdTe photovoltaic waste
  • Life cycle assessment of emerging photovoltaic waste
  • Cost benefit analysis of photovoltaic waste
  • Life cycle costing of photovoltaics end-of-life management

Dr. Ilke Celik
Dr. Ramez Hosseinian Ahangharnejhad
Dr. Gonzalo Rodriguez Garcia
Guest Editors

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  • photovoltaic waste
  • life cycle assessment
  • life cycle costing
  • recycling
  • remanufacturing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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