- Establishing the environmental profile of photovoltaic technologies through independent, scientific, data-based analyses in collaboration with recognized life-cycle professionals in Europe.
- Risk and LCA based comparisons of solar electric and nuclear energy technologies in collaboration with several European institutions.
The Life Cycle of PV Systems
(Fthenakis and Kim, MRS Symposium G: Life Cycle Analysis Tools for 'Green" Materials and Process Selection, Nov. 2005, Boston, MS).
- Experimental research on recovery of Cd, Te, Se and In from photovoltaic and electronic spent products.
- Collaborating with a PV company in designing a pilot plant operation for the recovery of Cd, Te, Cu and glass from PV manufacturing scrap and spent modules.
Recycling of Photovoltaics
The Nuclear Fuel Life Cycle
(Fthenakis and Kim, Energy Policy, in press)