Environmental performance tool for PV systems

This tool is a web-based interactive service to assess the current and prospective (2050) environmental performance of the production, transportation and use of photovoltaic systems at screening level. Maps of PV environmental performances are provided for a worldwide coverage.

These maps are based on Life Cycle Inventories developed by TREEZE for the photovoltaic sector in the framework of IEA PVPS Task 12, including current and prospective scenarios, as well as for country electricity mixes (Itten et al., 2014). The quantified environmental performance is expressed as an impact per generated kWh, according to the expected yearly electricity production of the PV systems. The yearly electricity production has been computed applying the NASA SSE algorithm to the freely available NASA SSE solar irradiation database (https://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/sse).

Contact and feedbacks at envipv@webservice-energy.org

Status: Version 1.0, April 2016