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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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  • Sumper, Andreas & Robledo-García, Mercedes & Villafáfila-Robles, Roberto & Bergas-Jané, Joan & Andrés-Peiró, Juan, 2011. "Life-cycle assessment of a photovoltaic system in Catalonia (Spain)," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 15(8), pages 3888-3896.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:15:y:2011:i:8:p:3888-3896
    DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2011.07.023
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