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Sustainable silicon photovoltaics manufacturing in a global market: A techno-economic, tariff and transportation framework


  • Castellanos, Sergio
  • Santibañez-Aguilar, José E.
  • Shapiro, Benjamin B.
  • Powell, Douglas M.
  • Peters, Ian M.
  • Buonassisi, Tonio
  • Kammen, Daniel M.
  • Flores-Tlacuahuac, Antonio


Solar photovoltaics (PV) manufacturing has experienced dramatic worldwide growth in recent years, enabling a reduction in module costs, and a higher adoption of these technologies. Continued sustainable price reductions, however, require strategies focused in further technological innovation, minimization of capital expenditures, and optimization of supply chain flows. We present a framework: Techno-economic Integrated Tool For Tariff And Transportation (TIT-4-TAT), that enables the study of these different strategies by coupling a techno-economic model with a tariff and transportation algorithm to optimize supply chain layouts for PV manufacturing under equally-weighted objectives.

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  • Castellanos, Sergio & Santibañez-Aguilar, José E. & Shapiro, Benjamin B. & Powell, Douglas M. & Peters, Ian M. & Buonassisi, Tonio & Kammen, Daniel M. & Flores-Tlacuahuac, Antonio, 2018. "Sustainable silicon photovoltaics manufacturing in a global market: A techno-economic, tariff and transportation framework," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 212(C), pages 704-719.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:appene:v:212:y:2018:i:c:p:704-719
    DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.12.047

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