Safety of Photovoltaics: National Center for Photovoltaics PV FAQs (Fact Sheet)

    Research output: NRELFact Sheet


    This FAQ sheet explains that photovoltaic technologies are safe. They have far fewer risks and environmental impacts than conventional sources of energy. Nonetheless, there are some environmental, safety, and health challenges associated with making, using, and disposing of solar cells. This sheet discusses the safety of today's technologies of silicon, amorphous silicon, copper indiumdiselenide, and cadmium telluride.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages2
    StatePublished - 1999

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/FS-520-24618


    • amorphous silicon
    • cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic solar cells modules
    • copper indium diselenide (CIS)
    • disposal
    • environment
    • Environment, Safety, and Health (ESH)
    • photovoltaics (PV)
    • recycling
    • risk
    • safety
    • silicon


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