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

Masakazu Ito, Kazuhiko Kato, Keiichi Komoto, Tetsuo Kichimi, Kosuke Kurokawa

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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 (90%), and copper indium selenium (110%), 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 9-16g-C/kWh. The generation cost was 11-12 US Cent/kWh on using 2 VSD/W PV modules, and 19-20 US Cent/kWh on using 4 USD/W PV module price.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-30
Number of pages14
JournalProgress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • CO
  • Cost
  • Desert
  • Energy payback time
  • LCA
  • VLS-PV

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  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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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. / Ito, Masakazu; Kato, Kazuhiko; Komoto, Keiichi; Kichimi, Tetsuo; Kurokawa, Kosuke.

In: Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, Vol. 16, No. 1, 01.2008, p. 17-30.

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