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Sustainability evaluation of solar energy systems (SENSE)

Objective

The today's main challenges for the solar industry are the need to reduce prices for solar systems, the foreseeable scarceness of raw materials and the necessary improvement of the energy pay back time. The unsolved recycling issues will become a problem in the near future. The project SENSE will face these challenges by developing recycling strategies for a-Si, CIS and CdTe solar cells and by scientifically based analysis of the efficiency of the solar systems, based on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). This has to consider production, use and End of Life(EoL) aspects of the complete systems to be holistic. As recycling is a possibility to save energy for the primary production of new materials, it also will affect the energy payback time positively, beneath the reduction of the material scarceness and the reduction of material costs.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Address
32,Pfaffenwaldring
70049 Stuttgart
Germany

Participants (7)

AMBIENTE ITALIA SRL
Italy
Address
C/o Ecobilancio Italia Srl, Via Vincenza 5/A
00185 Roma
CENTER FOR SOLAR ENERGY AND HYDROGEN RESEARCH BADEN-WÜRTEMBERG
Germany
Address
Hessbruehlstrasse 21C
70565 Stuttgart
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Joseph-von-fraunhofer-strasse 7
76327 Pfinztal
FREE ENERGY EUROPE SA
France
Address
Rue Léon-droux 2
62302 Lens
FUNDACION GAIKER
Spain
Address
Parque Tecnológico, Edificio 202
48170 Zamudio
UMICORE SA
Belgium
Address
7,Kasteelstraat 7
2250 Olen
WUERTH SOLAR GMBH AND CO.KG
Germany
Address
Ludwigsburger Strasse 100
71672 Marbach Am Neckar