PVthin Scientific Council
PVthin invites leading researchers in the field of thin film photovoltaics to join the PVthin Scientific Council. Future objectives will include:
- Providing guidance on research and development policy positions
- Recognizing outstanding junior research in the field of thin film PV with the PVthin Research Award
- Participatingin the European Technology and Innovation Platform PV (ETIP PV) through involvement in the Steering Committee
- Proposing the inclusion of a dedicated thin film roadmap for the International Technology Roadmap PV (ITRPV)
- Leveraging PVthin as a platform to promote the unique properties of thin film PV
- Providing a forum to update research groups on regulatory developments in Europe e.g. the Eco-Labeling and Eco-Design Directives
The PVthin Scientific Council’s input will be crucial in the shaping of regulatory tools for the EU single market for green products which can create market uptake incentives for thin film technologies as a result of their leading environmental profile. A great example of how thin film PV’s superior carbon footprint can translate into tangible business opportunities was demonstrated in France, where over one third of winning bids in the recent French PV tenders were using thin-film PV! The PVthin Scientific Council will help complement the consortium which is currently dominated by crystalline silicon PV companies, led by INES and Fraunhofer ISE.
Thin Film PV Technologies
- M. Green, Commercial progress and challenges for photovoltaics, Nature Energy, 2016.
- White Paper for CIGS Thin Film Solar Cell Technology: http://cigs-pv.net/download/
- M. Bauer, F. Becker, H.J. Frenck, J. Fritsche, and K. Kormanyos, Calyxo’s Advanced CdTe Module Designed for Hot Climates, Photovoltaics International, 2012.
- N. Strevel, L. Trippel, and M. Gloeckler, Performance Characterization And Superior Energy Yield of First Solar PV Power Plants in High-Temperature Conditions, Photovoltaics International, 2012.
- N. Strevel, L. Trippel, C. Kotarba, and I. Khan, Improvements in CdTe module reliability and long-term degradation through advances in construction and device innovation, Photovoltaics International.
- J. Gong, S. Darling and F. You, Energy & Environment Science, Perovskite Photovoltaics: Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy and Environmental Impacts, 2015. DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00615E.
- P. Kamata, Thin Film Photovoltaics with Organic Metal Halide Perovskites, The Electrochemical Society, 2015.
- Jeon et al., Compositional engineering of perovskite materials for high-performance solar cells, Nature 517, 2015.
Life Cycle Analysis
- Bhandari et al., Energy payback time (EPBT) and energy return on energy invested (EROI) of solar photovoltaic systems: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Volume 47, 2015.
- M. de Wildscholten, Energy Payback Time and Carbon Footprint of Commercial Photovoltaic Systems, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 2013.
- Hertwich et al., Integrated life-cycle assessment of electricity-supply scenarios confirms global environmental benefit of low-carbon technologies, PNAS, 2015.
- IEA PVPS Task 12, Life Cycle Inventories and Life Cycle Assessments of Photovoltaic Systems, 2015.
- IEA PVPS Task 12, Life Cycle Assessment of Future Photovoltaic Electricity Production from Residential Scale Systems Operated in Europe (2015)
- IEA PVPS Task 12, Methodology Guidelines on Life Cycle Assessment of Photovoltaic Electricity, 2014.
- Seitz et al., Eco-efficiency analysis of photovoltaic modules, BIFA Institute Text No. 62: 2013.
- UNEP (2016) Green Energy Choices: The benefits, risks and trade-offs of low-carbon technologies for electricity production. Report of the International Resource Panel. E. G. Hertwich, J. Aloisi de Larderel, A. Arvesen, P. Bayer, J. Bergesen, E. Bouman, T. Gibon, G. Heath, C. Peña, P. Purohit, A. Ramirez, S. Suh.
- V. Fthenakis, Sustainability of photovoltaics: The case for thin-film solar cells, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 13, Issue 9, 2009.
- Wyss et al., PEF screening report of electricity from photovoltaic panels in the context of the EU Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR), 2015.