Making Solar Panels Greener | February 21, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 8 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 89 Issue 8 | pp. 37-38
Issue Date: February 21, 2011

Making Solar Panels Greener

Producing photovoltaic panels more sustainably will require reducing energy consumption, toxic substances
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: photovoltaic, silicon, sustainability, cadmium-telluride

With more than enough sunlight beaming down on Earth to supply humanity’s immense energy demands, there’s little doubt that photovoltaic technology will play a significant role in sating these appetites in a sustainable way.

But before solar-cell-laced landscapes spawn green utopian reveries, some argue it’s worth taking a measured look at the environmental impact of photovoltaic technology from cradle to grave. For example, consider crystalline silicon-based photovoltaic solar panels, which currently boast about 80% of . . .

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