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dc.contributor.authorTian, Xueyu
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-15T16:47:36Z
dc.date.available2020-08-29T06:01:05Z
dc.date.issued2019-08-30
dc.identifier.otherTian_cornell_0058O_10680
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/cornell:10680
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 11050501
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/67519
dc.description.abstractEnergy use and environmental impacts of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been extensively investigated over the past few years, driven by three major scientific questions. The first question lies in what components or processing steps play critical roles in PSC production. In order to identify hotspots in terms of embedded energy and environmental impacts, “cradle-to-grave” comparative life cycle analyses are conducted for five types of state-of-the-art PSC device architectures. We find that the use of substrate and precious metal, as well as energy-intensive heating processes, such as thermal evaporation and calcining, are the major contributors to the primary energy consumption, carbon footprint, and other environmental impact categories. The second key question is whether recycling is worthwhile for PSCs. To this end, the system boundary is expanded to a “cradle-to-cradle” counterpart, with recycling as the end-of-life scenario. The outcome indicates that the suggested recycling strategy results in at least 47% shorter energy payback time (EPBT) and over 44% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission factor for the energy-intensive and environmentally expensive PSCs. Finally, we quantify the impacts of uncertainty induced by the immaturity of manufacturing processes and the fluctuation of operating conditions. The results emphasize the importance of prolonging the device lifetime (higher stability). Simultaneous consideration of high stability and recycling strategies could more efficiently improve the energy and environmental performance of PSCs.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectReCiPe
dc.subjectChemical engineering
dc.subjectrecycling
dc.subjectenergy payback time
dc.subjectgreenhouse gas emission factor
dc.subjectlife cycle assessment
dc.subjectperovskite solar cells
dc.titleRecycling Strategies for Perovskite Photovoltaic Modules: Life Cycle Assessment of Energy Use and Environmental Impacts
dc.typedissertation or thesis
thesis.degree.disciplineChemical Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorCornell University
thesis.degree.levelMaster of Science
thesis.degree.nameM.S., Chemical Engineering
dc.contributor.chairYou, Fengqi
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTester, Jefferson William
dcterms.licensehttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/59810
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.7298/jys7-ep24


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