A total cost perspective on use of polymeric materials in solar collectors - Importance of environmental performance on suitability
Applied Energy 125 (2014) 10–20
By: Bo Carlsson, Helena Persson, Michaela Meir, John Rekstad
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
--- To assess the suitability of solar collector systems in which polymeric materials are used versus those in which more traditional materials are used, a case study was undertaken. In this case study a solar heating system with polymeric solar collectors was compared with two equivalent but more traditional solar heating systems: one with flat plate solar collectors and one with evacuated tube solar collectors. To make the comparison, a total cost accounting approach was adopted. The life cycle assessment (LCA) results clearly indicated that the polymeric solar collector system is the best as regards climatic and environmental performance when they are expressed in terms of the IPPC 100 a indicator and the Ecoindicator 99, H/A indicator, respectively. [...]