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Life Cycle Assessment of a Rotationally Asymmetrical Compound Parabolic Concentrator (RACPC)

Zawadzki, Przemyslaw; Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus; Abu-Bakar, Siti Hawa; Bani, Nurul Aini; Abubakar Mas�ud, Abdullahi; Ardila-Rey, Jorge Alfredo; Munir, Abu Bakar


Przemyslaw Zawadzki

Siti Hawa Abu-Bakar

Nurul Aini Bani

Abdullahi Abubakar Mas�ud

Jorge Alfredo Ardila-Rey

Abu Bakar Munir


Integrating a concentrator into the building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) design has resulted in a new technology known as the building integrated concentrating photovoltaic (BICPV). The rotationally asymmetrical compound parabolic concentrator (RACPC) is an example of a concentrator design that has been explored for use in BICPV. This paper evaluates the life cycle assessment (LCA) for the RACPC-PV module, which has never been explored before. The LCA of the RACPC-PV module has found a cost reduction of 29.09% and a reduction of 11.76% of embodied energy material manufacture when compared to a conventional solar photovoltaic (PV) module. The energy payback time for an RACPC-PV and a conventional PV was calculated to be 8.01 and 6.63 years, respectively. Moreover, the energy return on investment ratio was calculated to be 3.12 for a conventional PV and 3.77 for an RACPC-PV.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 7, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 10, 2020
Publication Date Jun 10, 2020
Deposit Date Nov 20, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2020
Journal Sustainability
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 11
Article Number 4750
Keywords solar photovoltaic; solar concentrator; life cycle analysis; rotationally asymmetrical compound parabolic concentrator
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