• Level: Beginner

  • Duration: 3 hours

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Photovoltaic Solar Power: How green is it?

In 2016, photovoltaic solar power accounted for 1.5% of the world’s electricity production. The German Advisory Council on Global Change predicts that by 2100 the sun will supply more than 50% of the world's energy. With such growth on the horizon, a rigorous assessment of the environmental impacts of this technology has become necessary.

Bertrand Piccard  

Founder, chairman and co-pilot of Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft to complete a round-the-world trip powered only by the sun, using no fuel, causing no polluting emissions and even flying at night. On July 3rd, 2015, Solar Impulse concluded a record-breaking solo flight of 5 days and 5 nights without fuel from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii, USA. The goal of this ongoing project is to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies to protect our quality of life.

What you'll learn

This course features lessons on the following topics:

  • Our solar powered future

    The role solar PV is expected to play in the global energy mix of the future.

  • Manufacturing PV solar panels

    What solar panels are made of and how they are manufactured.

  • The eco-footprint of PV solar power

    In terms of Energy Payback Time (EPBT), greenhouse gas emissions, sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions, heavy metals emissions, water usage and land usage.

  • Recycling

    How decommissioned solar panels can be recycled.

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Marianne Salama, Eng., MBA

Chemical Engineer

Marianne Salama, Eng., MBA

Marianne is the president and founder of iPolytek, a company whose mission is to provide training on the latest developments in engineering and relate these innovations to the most pressing issues of our time: climate change, water quality, air quality, and sustainability. Marianne is a chemical engineer with over 18 years of experience in the field of air and water treatment using ozone. She has worked for high-tech companies on the leading edge of their fields, namely, Ozomax, CAE and IBM. She is a graduate of McGill University (B.Eng.) and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the John Molson School of Business. A member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec (OIQ), Marianne writes about a variety of subjects, including environmental technologies, renewable resources, and the energy transition. " For me, engineering is about making the world a better place: one idea, one design, one project at a time. "