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Industrial symbiosis in photovoltaic manufacturing

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The study <ref name="ISPV1"> </ref> found that by co-locating these factories in the [[eco-industrial park]], the transportation costs and energy between them can be minimized and many of the inputs for the solar PV plant can literally come from waste products in the surrounding population centers. It should be noted that each factory will be scaled appropriately for the symbiotic system and should be individually profitable so that independent businesses can replicate this model by co-locating and benefit from industrial symbiosis in future facilities.
This study was then built upon by looking specifically at the relationship between (1) the recycling facility and (2) the glass factory to provide the necessary substrate glass for (3) the PV factory.<ref name="glass"> Amir H. Nosrat, Jack Jeswiet, and Joshua M. Pearce, “[http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TIC-STH.2009.5444358 Cleaner Production via Industrial Symbiosis in Glass and Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing]”[http://mtu.academia.edu/JoshuaPearce/Papers/1540773/Industrial_Symbiosis_for_Very_Large_Scale_Photovoltaic_Manufacturing open access], ''Science and Technology for Humanity (TIC-STH), 2009 IEEE Toronto International Conference'', pp.967-970, 26-27 Sept. 2009. </ref> This article quantified the inputs and outputs for the glass manufacturing component of such a system using standard manufacturing techniques and found that 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]].<ref name="glass"></ref>

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