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Life-cycle assessment of a photovoltaic system in Catalonia (Spain)

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  • Sumper, Andreas
  • Robledo-García, Mercedes
  • Villafáfila-Robles, Roberto
  • Bergas-Jané, Joan
  • Andrés-Peiró, Juan
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    The life-cycle analysis (LCA) of photovoltaic (PV) systems is an important tool to quantify the potential environmental advantage of using solar technologies versus more traditional technologies, especially the ones relying on non-renewable fossil fuel sources.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 8 ()
    Pages: 3888-3896

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:15:y:2011:i:8:p:3888-3896

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    Keywords: Life cycle analysis; Solar cells; PV systems; Energy payback time; Greenhouse emissions; Sensitivity analysis;

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    1. Hong, Taehoon & Koo, Choongwan & Kim, Hyunjoong & Seon Park, Hyo, 2014. "Decision support model for establishing the optimal energy retrofit strategy for existing multi-family housing complexes," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 66(C), pages 157-169.
    2. Nugent, Daniel & Sovacool, Benjamin K., 2014. "Assessing the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from solar PV and wind energy: A critical meta-survey," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 229-244.

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