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Title: Photovoltaics and the Environment

Over the past five years, solar energy usage has grown by about 43 percent a year, giving rise to a billion-dollar industry in photovoltaics (PV) or getting electricity from light. The word photovoltamore »ics combines the Greek phos, or light, with the “volt” of electricity. PV technologies have distinct environmental advantages over conventional power technologies, such as: no noise, no emissions, no need for fuel and power lines. Compared to burning coal, a gigawatt-hour of PV-generated electricity would prevent the release of about 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide, eight of sulfur dioxide, four of nitrogen oxides, and 0.4 tons of particulates. However, manufacturing the solar cells that transform light to electricity requires the use of some toxic and flammable substances. Addressing the environmental, health, and safety concerns of the PV industry to minimize risk while ensuring economic viability and public support is the work of the National Photovoltaic Environmental Health, & Safety Assistance Center at BNL.« less
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Title: Photovoltaics and the Environment
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Publication Date: 2005-09-21
OSTI Identifier: 1005021
DOE Contract Number: AC02-98CH10886
Other Number(s): TRN: US201117%%422
Resource Type: Multimedia
Resource Relation: Conference: Brookhaven Lecture Series, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, presented on September 21, 2005
Research Org: BNL (Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States))
Sponsoring Org: USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Subject: 14 SOLAR ENERGY ; 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT ; BNL ; CARBON DIOXIDE ; COAL ; ECONOMICS ; ELECTRICITY ; MANUFACTURING ; NITROGEN OXIDES ; PARTICULATES ; SAFETY ; SOLAR CELLS ; SOLAR ENERGY ; SULFUR DIOXIDE ; VIABILITY
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 1:10:07
System Entry Date: 2016-01-27