In order to alleviate production costs and increase the environmental performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing, an eco-industrial park for GW-scale production of PV is proposed. This article quantifies the inputs and outputs for the glass manufacturing component of such a system using standard manufacturing techniques. Utilizing industrial symbiosis in this way, potential reductions for such a plant were found to be about 30,000 tons/year in raw materials and over 220,000 GJ/year in embodied energy.
Schematic diagram of Industrial symbiosis in photovoltaic manufacturing
. The highlighted red area is the industries studied in this project.
- Amir H. Nosrat, Jack Jeswiet, and Joshua M. Pearce, “Cleaner Production via Industrial Symbiosis in Glass and Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing”, Science and Technology for Humanity (TIC-STH), 2009 IEEE Toronto International Conference, pp.967-970, 26-27 Sept. 2009. open access
- Amir H. Nosrat, Robert Andrews, Jack Jeswiet, and Joshua M. Pearce, “Industrial symbiosis of a glass factory and greenhouses in photovoltaic manufacturing”,(under review).