Michiel van Noord
Climate Efficient Solar Energy aimed to increase knowledge about the global warming impact of photovoltaic (PV) systems and make it easier for customers to procure climate efficient solar modules and to climate-optimize the operation of their PV systems. In the project, RISE collaborated with HBV and Energy Agencies Storsthlm and Southern Sweden.
Solar cells generate no emissions during operation, which is the main advantage of the technology from an environmental and climate perspective. But for a full picture, the production and management of end-of-life solar cells must also be taken into account, in a lifecycle perspective. The production of solar cells and solar modules is particularly energy-intensive. Knowledge about solar cells' carbon dioxide emissions in a life cycle perspective is quite low amongst market players and it is unusual that any specific climate-impact requirements are used in (public) procurements of PV systems.
The purpose of the project Climate Efficient Solar Energy was to contribute to increased climate performance from PV systems by:
Project report for Climate Efficient Solar Energy (pdf, 1.36 MB)
Climate assessment tool (Excel), for procuring organisations (zip, 412.89 KB)
Support for analysis of offers using the climate assessment tool (pdf, 683.28 KB)
Guidance for climate efficient O&M of PV systems (pdf, 7.13 MB)
Climate Efficient Solar Energy
2 years and 2 months