Impact of cell technology, installation types and scales on energy evaluation metrics of PV systems

Suleiman A. Halasah, David Pearlmutter, Daniel Feuermann

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Abstract

We evaluate the impact of system installation types, cell material and tracking strategies on the evaluation metrics of PV systems such as energy payback time (EPBT), return factor (ERF) and CO2 emissions offset. As candidate power producing systems we consider a range of PV cell materials, different tracking strategies, as well as concentrating photovoltaic. We conclude that utilizing existing structures significantly reduces the energy payback time of flat-plate PV. High-efficiency concentrating PV installations yielded the shortest EPBT, the highest ERF and the largest life-cycle CO 2 offsets. Considering the use of land, we find that a greater life-cycle energy return and carbon offset per unit land area is yielded by locally-integrated non-concentrating systems.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publication30th ISES Biennial Solar World Congress 2011, SWC 2011
Pages4284-4294
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011
Event30th ISES Biennial Solar World Congress 2011, SWC 2011 - Kassel, Germany
Duration: 28 Aug 20112 Sep 2011

Publication series

Name30th ISES Biennial Solar World Congress 2011, SWC 2011
Volume6

Conference

Conference30th ISES Biennial Solar World Congress 2011, SWC 2011
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityKassel
Period28/08/112/09/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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