A comparative study on cost and life-cycle analysis for 100 MW very large-scale PV (VLS-PV) systems in deserts using m-Si, a-Si, CdTe, and CIS modules
Article first published online: 15 MAY 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 17–30, January 2008
How to Cite
Ito, M., Kato, K., Komoto, K., Kichimi, T. and Kurokawa, K. (2008), A comparative study on cost and life-cycle analysis for 100 MW very large-scale PV (VLS-PV) systems in deserts using m-Si, a-Si, CdTe, and CIS modules. Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl., 16: 17–30. doi: 10.1002/pip.770
- Issue published online: 13 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 15 MAY 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 23 MAR 2007
- Manuscript Received: 16 NOV 2006
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This paper is a study of comparisons between five types of 100 MW Very Large-Scale Photovoltaic Power Generation (VLS-PV) Systems, from economic and environmental viewpoints. The authors designed VLS-PV systems using typical PV modules of multi-crystalline silicon (12·8% efficiency), high efficiency multi-crystalline silicon (15·8%), amorphous silicon (6·9%), cadmium tellurium (9·0%), and copper indium selenium (11·0%), and evaluated them by Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA). Cost, energy requirement, and CO2 emissions were calculated. In addition, the authors evaluated generation cost, energy payback time (EPT), and CO2 emission rates. As a result, it was found that the EPT is 1·5–2·5 years and the CO2 emission rate is 9–16 g-C/kWh. The generation cost was 11–12 US Cent/kWh on using 2 USD/W PV modules, and 19–20 US Cent/kWh on using 4 USD/W PV module price. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.