Environmental Impacts of Photovoltaic
Anyaka Boniface Onyemaechi1, Elijah2
1Anyaka Boniface Onyemaechi, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.
2Olubiyo Elijah, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.
Manuscript received on September 11, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on September 15, 2013. | Manuscript published on September 25, 2013. | PP: 18-22 | Volume-1, Issue-11, September 2013. | Retrieval Number: K04660911113/2013©BEIESP
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Abstract: This paper is an overview of the impact of photovoltaic solar energy conversion on the environment. The paper presents development of photovoltaic cells, the need for environmental assessment of energy sources, methodology framework for the assessment and the normalization and valuation. The photovoltaic solar cell is reviewed in respect to hazard like pollution caused by the chemical components and cost incurred. The paper also presents the life-cycle analysis of solar cell.
Keywords: Silicon, Environment, Photovoltaic, Life-Cycle, Pollution