Embodied energy and cost assessments of a concentrating photovoltaic module

Daria Freier Raine*, Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki*, Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez, Jorge Alfredo Ardila-Rey, Tahseen Jafry, Carlos Gamio-Roffe

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the embodied energy and cost assessments of a static concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) module in comparison to the flat photovoltaic (PV) module. The CPV module employs a specific concentrator design from the Genetically Optimised Circular Rotational Square Hyperboloid (GOCRSH) concentrators, labelled as GOCRSH_A. Firstly, it discussed previous research on life cycle analyses for PV and CPV modules. Next, it compared the energy embodied in the materials of the GOCRSH_A module to the energy embodied in the materials of a flat PV module of the same electrical output. Lastly, a comparison in terms of cost is presented between the analysed GOCRSH_A module and the flat PV module. It was found that the GOCRSH_A module showed a reduction in embodied energy of 17% which indicates a reduction in embodied carbon. In terms of cost, the costs for the GOCRSH_A module were calculated to be 1.71 times higher than the flat PV module of the same electrical output. It is concluded that a trade-off is required between the embodied energy and cost impacts in order to bring this CPV technology into the market.
Original languageEnglish
Article number13916
Number of pages15
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • GOCRSH
  • life cycle analysis
  • energy embodiment
  • cost analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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