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Sustainable silicon photovoltaics manufacturing in a global market: A techno-economic, tariff and transportation framework

Sergio Castellanos, Santibañez-Aguilar, José E., Benjamin B. Shapiro, Douglas M. Powell, Ian M. Peters, Tonio Buonassisi, Daniel M. Kammen and Flores-Tlacuahuac, Antonio

Applied Energy, 2018, vol. 212, issue C, 704-719

Abstract: Solar photovoltaics (PV) manufacturing has experienced dramatic worldwide growth in recent years, enabling a reduction in module costs, and a higher adoption of these technologies. Continued sustainable price reductions, however, require strategies focused in further technological innovation, minimization of capital expenditures, and optimization of supply chain flows. We present a framework: Techno-economic Integrated Tool For Tariff And Transportation (TIT-4-TAT), that enables the study of these different strategies by coupling a techno-economic model with a tariff and transportation algorithm to optimize supply chain layouts for PV manufacturing under equally-weighted objectives.

Keywords: Solar photovoltaics; Photovoltaics manufacturing; Mathematical programming; Minimum sustainable price; Multi-objective approach (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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