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Optimising eco-efficiency in the photovoltaic value chain

September 2019
Gallery Eco-Solar 1
Gallery Eco-Solar 1


Eco-Solar objective is to maximise the resource productivity and reduce pollution in photovoltaic module production.

Eco-Solar minimises use of critical resources like energy, water, chemicals, aluminium, silver and lead, while simultaneously maximising recycling possibilities by introducing design for recovery, repair, reuse and recycling in the PV value chain. Integrated Eco-Solar provides significantly improved eco-efficiency and environmental relief potential. The total ecological benefit achieved for monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic modules is 45 % and for multicrystalline photovoltaic modules is 42%, including cost savings of 9% and a carbon footprint reduction by 17-22%.

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Label Date September 30, 2019
From Norway
Maturity stage Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

The environmental benefits

  • A carbon footprint reduced by 20%

The Financial benefits

  • A 9% cost reduction of PV panels

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Company Profile


SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research organization with international top-level expertise.

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Headquarters 7034 Trondheim, Norway

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