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Industrial symbiosis in glass and solar photovoltaic manufacturing
|This page was developed by the Queen's University Applied Sustainability Research Group.|
|This page is part of a Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Technology Research Group project exploring industrial symbiosis of large-scale solar photovoltaic manufacturing plants. By coupling traditionally separate industries in the physical exchange of materials, energy, water, and by-products we can reduce environmental impact while providing companies with an economic competitive advantage. Learn more.|
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.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).
- A literature review pertaining to industrial symbiosis can be found at the Industrial symbiosis literature review
- Industrial symbiosis in photovoltaic manufacturing
- Greenhouse waste heat exchange