A Caltech Library Service

Life Cycle Assessment of tandem LSC-Si devices

Lunardi, Marina M. and Needell, David R. and Bauser, Haley and Phelan, Megan and Atwater, Harry A. and Corkish, Richard (2019) Life Cycle Assessment of tandem LSC-Si devices. Energy, 181 . pp. 1-10. ISSN 0360-5442. doi:10.1016/

Full text is not posted in this repository. Consult Related URLs below.

Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


Given the increasing interest in tandem silicon-based solar cells and the recent advances in luminescent solar concentrators, the luminescent solar concentrators/silicon tandem structure has been proposed as an option for a four-terminal tandem structure. As part of the evaluation of a new type of solar cell, it is important to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment to effectively guide research efforts towards cell designs with minimum environmental impacts. Here, we carry out a process-based Life Cycle Assessment to assess global warming, human toxicity (carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic), freshwater eutrophication and ecotoxicity and abiotic depletion potential impacts associated with three luminescent solar concentrators/silicon tandem cell structures, considering a bottom layer as being a passivated emitter rear contact silicon solar cell. The results are based on experimental parameters and show that the increase in the performance of the cells and modules using the studied tandem structure can produce lower environmental effects than the passivated emitter rear contact technology (single-junction) for the impact categories studied. These results encourage the studies on cell and module performance improvements using such tandem luminescent solar concentrators/silicon structures.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription
Needell, David R.0000-0001-8343-5883
Bauser, Haley0000-0002-9677-3301
Phelan, Megan0000-0002-4968-7128
Atwater, Harry A.0000-0001-9435-0201
Additional Information:© 2019 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Received 4 November 2018, Revised 19 April 2019, Accepted 12 May 2019, Available online 16 May 2019.
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Australian Renewable Energy AgencyUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:Life cycle assessment; LCA; Tandem solar cells; Environmental impacts; PV technology; Luminescent solar concentrators; LSC
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20190516-083643669
Persistent URL:
Official Citation:Marina M. Lunardi, David R. Needell, Haley Bauser, Megan Phelan, Harry A. Atwater, Richard Corkish, Life Cycle Assessment of tandem LSC-Si devices, Energy, Volume 181, 2019, Pages 1-10, ISSN 0360-5442, (
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:95529
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:16 May 2019 16:41
Last Modified:16 Nov 2021 17:13

Repository Staff Only: item control page