Abstract

The road map for cost competitive large-scale PV deployment is ever changing and with PV grade poly silicon prices averaging 16 U$D/kg and companies focusing on using less materials the cost effectiveness of readily available materials for solar cell applications should be revisited. In this work we analyze to which extent the extraction cost of the absorber layer material plays a role in the overall cost of generating electricity, taking into account the potential for light trapping and the non-power producing component costs. Our calculations show that nearly all presently used materials have fundamental cost and availability potential which are well below a level at which material availability is a dominant consideration. Instead, constraints on parameters such as the amount of copper for wiring or substrate material for module fabrication become dominant issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3353-3356
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479932993
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013 - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2013Jun 21 2013

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Other39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityTampa, FL
Period6/16/136/21/13

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Sensitivity analysis
Availability
Costs
Electric wiring
Cost effectiveness
Solar cells
Electricity
Copper
Fabrication
Silicon
Substrates
Industry

Keywords

  • Balance of systems
  • BOS
  • Cost analysis
  • Earth abundant materials
  • Materials availability
  • PV deployment
  • Solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Jeffries, A., Bowden, S., Honsberg, C., & Bertoni, M. (2013). Sensitivity analysis of materials availability for terawatt PV deployment. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (pp. 3353-3356). [6745169] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6745169

Sensitivity analysis of materials availability for terawatt PV deployment. / Jeffries, April; Bowden, Stuart; Honsberg, Christiana; Bertoni, Mariana.

Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2013. p. 3353-3356 6745169.

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Jeffries, A, Bowden, S, Honsberg, C & Bertoni, M 2013, Sensitivity analysis of materials availability for terawatt PV deployment. in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference., 6745169, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 3353-3356, 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013, Tampa, FL, United States, 6/16/13. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6745169
Jeffries A, Bowden S, Honsberg C, Bertoni M. Sensitivity analysis of materials availability for terawatt PV deployment. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2013. p. 3353-3356. 6745169 https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6745169
Jeffries, April ; Bowden, Stuart ; Honsberg, Christiana ; Bertoni, Mariana. / Sensitivity analysis of materials availability for terawatt PV deployment. Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2013. pp. 3353-3356
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