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Environmental impacts of crystalline silicon photovoltaic module production
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ECN Solar Energy 1-1-2006
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ECN-RX--06-010 Conference Paper
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Presented at: Materials Research Society Fall 2005 Meeting, Boston, USA, 28 november 2005-2 december 2005.


Together with a number of PV companies an extensive effort has been made to collect Life Cycle Inventory data that represents the current status of production technology for crystalline silicon modules. The new data cover all processes from silicon feedstock production to cell and module manufacturing. All commercial wafer technologies are covered, that is multi- and monocrystalline wafers as well as ribbon technology. The presented data should be representative for the technology status in 2004, although for monocrystalline Si crystallisation further improvement of the data quality is recommended. On the basis of the new data it is shown that c-Si PV systems are in a good position to compe

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