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Interactive Web-Service for Environmental Multi-Criteria Life Cycle Assessment of Photovoltaic Systems Worldwide

Abstract : Photovoltaic (PV) technologies constitute a leading renewable energy source with a worldwide installed capacity of 135 GW in 2013 that may increase to nearly 4700 GW in 2050. To achieve this production level while minimizing environmental impacts, decision makers must rely at national level on relevant technological, economic and planning aspects which are highly geographically dependent. The access to performance data is a critical issue in the decision-making process and determines the successful development of efficient PV systems. For this reason, a new interactive tool is proposed here to provide the users with easy-to-use data and maps for the solar irradiation and screening level environmental results of representative PV technologies. The calculation procedures account for the geographic location and the PV system layout (installation, orientation and inclination angles). The tool has a worldwide coverage with a multi-criteria scope, both in terms of the numerous technological scenarios and of the wide range of environmental indicators. Moreover, the user is given the possibility to compare the PV environmental performance to the corresponding country electricity mix environmental footprint.
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Paula Perez-Lopez, Isabelle Blanc, Benoît Gschwind, Philippe Blanc, Lionel Ménard, et al.. Interactive Web-Service for Environmental Multi-Criteria Life Cycle Assessment of Photovoltaic Systems Worldwide. 32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, The European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) Jun 2016, Munich, Germany. pp.2869 - 2873 - ISBN 3-936338-41-8, ⟨10.4229/EUPVSEC20162016-7DO.13.4⟩. ⟨hal-01398099⟩

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