This WG will seek to make assessments on the cost of fabrication of device structures developed by other WGs. Assessments of the environmental footprint for potential production processes which include CO2 cost, human toxicity, freshwater ecotoxicity and critical raw materials availability will be made. Full lifecycle analysis for module level production will be undertaking including consideration of potential recycling and material recovery routes. Comparisons will be made with established industrial module technologies in equivalent application areas to determine the potential cost benefits of further development. For new device concepts developed WG6 will also consider i) any added value on environmental impact e.g. more efficient use of the materials/processes and reduced carbon footprint and ii) improved social acceptance and associated impact on socioeconomic performance such as identification of barriers and drivers for the social acceptance of new PV technology solutions. This WG will also provide a global comparative LCA of technologies developed in the project, most primed for large scale the adoption with a low environmental and climate impact.
The main tasks of the WG6 are:
Understand the cost and environmental impact of SC structures.
Deliver preliminary results across local projects in order to assess and define the potentials of the new PV materials and structures.
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.
The European Green Deal directives endorse the development of new renewable energy concepts using non-toxic materials with low environmental impact and low greenhouse gas emissions. To meet this goal, RENEW-PV brings together leading and pioneering academic and industry researchers from across Europe and worldwide, targeting to pool current and stimulate further research development and deployment of emerging inorganic chalcogenide thin-film PV technologies.
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