The use of renewable energy sources, such as solar energy, has gained significant attention due to the environmental benefits it offers. However, the manufacture and disposal of solar panels can have significant environmental impacts. Design-for-Recycling (DfR) is an approach that aims to minimize the environmental impact of a product by ensuring that it can be recycled or repurposed at the end of its life cycle. This project aims to compare the environmental benefits of different DfR solar panels.
The project will involve the following steps:
The project can be continued as an honors thesis.
Photovoltaic power systems | Solar cells | Recycling
The student is expected to work closely with Dr. Rong Deng and the SPREE end-of-life PV recycling research group.
The undergraduate student can experience the research environment at SPREE and understand the basic skills needed to conduct more independent research.