Analyzing Terawatt Scale Sustainability with PV ICE Tool

Silvana Ovaitt, Heather Mirletz, Macarena Mendez-Ribo, Teresa Barnes

Research output: NRELPresentation


Renewable energy reduces environmental impacts and decarbonizes the production of other goods. But, manufacturing renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic (PV) modules, require energy inputs that are currently carbon intensive. So, how do we decarbonize and circularize these critical technologies to achieve a sustainable energy transition? As we manufacture and deploy solar PV at a fast pace to support the Energy Transition, this talk will cover some of the most relevant metrics for evaluating the success of our circular economy and sustainability choices.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages42
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Solar Colloquium, 23 March 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5K00-85786


  • circular economy
  • critical materials
  • photovoltaics
  • recycling
  • reliability
  • repair
  • reuse
  • sustainability
  • terawatt deployment


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