Solar Photovoltaic Technology Production

Solar Photovoltaic Technology Production

Potential Environmental Impacts and Implications for Governance

1st Edition - June 21, 2016

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  • Authors: Senthilarasu Sundaram, David Benson, Tapas Mallick
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128029688
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128029534

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Solar Photovoltaic Technology Production: Potential Environmental Impacts and Implications for Governance provides an overview of the emerging industrial PV sector, its technologies, and the regulatory frameworks supporting them. This new book reviews and categorizes the potential environmental impacts of several main PV technologies, examining the extent to which current EU governance frameworks regulate such impacts. By identifying the gaps or regulatory mismatches and creating a basis for normative recommendations on governance change, this book analyzes potential governance implications and their impacts in relation to manufacturers upscaling PV production techniques.

Key Features

  • Fills the need for a coherent source of information on the potential impacts of different PV technologies
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of lifecycle analysis (LCA) of PV technologies in a single reference
  • Analyzes relevant governance arrangements for researchers and manufacturers


Researchers, engineers and professionals engaged in developing PV technologies, PV implementation and global PV manufacturers

Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • Chapter 1: Introduction
      • Abstract
      • 1.1 Introduction
      • 1.2 Brief Historical Overview and Current State of the PV Sector
      • 1.3 Aims and Objectives of the Book
      • 1.4 Structure of the Book
    • Chapter 2: Overview of the PV Industry and Different Technologies
      • Abstract
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 First Generation PV Technologies
      • 2.3 Second Generation PV Technologies
      • 2.4 Third Generation PV Technologies
      • 2.5 Conclusions
    • Chapter 3: Potential Environmental Impacts From Solar Energy Technologies
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Processing and Life Cycle of PV Systems
      • 3.3 Manufacturing of Silicon
      • 3.4 TF PV Materials
      • 3.5 New Generation Solar Cells
      • 3.6 PV Recycling Hazardous Materials
      • 3.7 Conclusions
    • Chapter 4: The Sustainability of Solar PV Governance: A Comparative International Perspective
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Solar PV Governance—United States
      • 4.3 European Union, the United Kingdom and Germany
      • 4.4 India
      • 4.5 China
      • 4.6 Conclusions
    • Chapter 5: A Normative Perspective on Governing Solar PV Sustainability
      • Abstract
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 Solar PV Governance—Sustainability Principles in Practice
      • 5.3 Normative Sustainability Principles for Global Solar PV Governance?
      • 5.4 Practical Application
      • 5.5 Summary
    • Chapter 6: Future Issues and Recommendations
      • Abstract
      • 6.1 Introduction
      • 6.2 Recommendations
      • 6.3 Conclusions
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 116
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: June 21, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128029688
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128029534

About the Authors

Senthilarasu Sundaram

Senthilarasu Sundaram
Dr. Senthilarasu Sundaram (SeS) earned a MPhil in Applied Physics from PSG College of Technology, India and a MSc in Physics and a PhD Physics from Bharathiar University, India in 2006. His prior experience includes: a postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea, a Research Fellowship at National University of Singapore, Singapore, and research associateships in the UK at Heriot-Watt and Loughborough Universities. His research focus is on third generation photovoltaics involving different technologies, as well as on the applications of nano-structured oxide materials and developing flexible solar cells on metal and polymer foils. Specifically, he has the following interests: new materials for dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs), perovskite solid state solar cells, thin film-based building integrated PV, manufacturability of DSSCs in cooperation with industry in up-scaling production; and fundamental characterisation of solar cells using impedance and transient spectroscopic measurements. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters on these and related topics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh EH10 5DT, United Kingdom.

David Benson

David Benson
David Benson is a Senior Lecturer based in the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall. His research encompasses a range of issue areas at the interface between political and environmental sciences, most notably EU environmental and energy policy, comparative environmental governance and public participation in environmental decision-making

Affiliations and Expertise

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, UK

Tapas Mallick

Tapas Mallick
Prof. Tapas Kumar Mallick, PhD, is currently the Chair in Clean Technologies within the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) and Academic Lead in Renewable Energy, University of Exeter, UK. He is also adjacent Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. His research span over various aspect of solar photovoltaic technology, especially high efficiency and low cost device and integrated renewables. He has published over 180 research articles on solar technology and has given over 80 academic presentations in 13 countries. Prof. Mallick is the Editor-in-Chief of “Advances in Renewable Energy Journal” and Editor-in-Chief of Editorial Boards for Energy Sources in the Journal of ‘Energies’.

Affiliations and Expertise

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, UK

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