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About Saphire

Saphire Sustainable Development (“Saphire”) leverages a broad range of comprehensive custom utility scale energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions including design, implementation, operation and complete project financing. Saphire is a leader in electricity, heat and cooling energy generation, designed to reduce emission and cut energy cost....

04.10 News

European solar module production more climate-friendly

In a recent report of 23.09.2021, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Fraunhofer ISE) have found that silicon photovoltaic modules manufactured in the European Union produce ca. 40% less CO2 than solar panels fabricated in China. Using a life cycle analysis, Fraunhofer ISE compared the CO2 footprints of mono-crystalline solar panels of European and Chinese manufacturers. The researchers also discovered that glass-glass modules provide an additional ca. 7.5% to 12.5% of emissions reduction compared to PV modules with back-sheet films, independently of their production location.

01.10 Trends

Agri-Photovoltaics (Agri-PV): farming & CO2-neutrality enabler

Agri-Photovoltaics denotes approaches to use agricultural areas simultaneously to produce food and to generate PV electricity. In this way, Agri-PV increases land-use efficiency and enables PV capacity to be expanded while reducing CO2 and still retaining fertile arable areas for agriculture.