silicon production, multi-Si, casted, UPR, ecoinvent 3.6, Undefined

Categories:
ISIC4 categories:
C:Manufacturing/20:Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products/201:Manufacture of basic chemicals, fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, plastics and synthetic rubber in primary forms/2011:Manufacture of basic chemicals
Location:
CA-QC
Reference year: 1997 - 2005
Description

Location: CA-QC - Canada, Québec
This dataset represents the production of a multi-crystalline (or polycrystalline) silicon block. The silicon blocks are produced by melting and casting electronic-grade silicon, off-grade silicon and solar-grade silicon into quartz crucibles. This type of silicon is the starting material for the production of crystalline silicon wafers, either for electronic or for photovoltaic applications. This dataset is based on literature data.
References:
Jungbluth N., Stucki M, and Frischknecht R. (2009) Photovoltaics. In Dones, R. (Ed.) et al., Sachbilanzen von Energiesystemen: Grundlagen für den ökologischen Vergleich von Energiesystemen und den Einbezug von Energiesystemen in Ökobilanzen für die Schweiz. ecoinvent report No. 6-XII, Swiss Centre for Life Cycle Inventories, Dübendorf, CH, 2009.
Undefined unit processes (UPRs) are the unlinked, multi-product activity datasets that form the basis for all of the system models available in the ecoinvent database. This is the way the datasets are obtained and entered into the database by the data providers. These activity datasets are useful for investigating the environmental impacts of a specific activity (gate-to-gate), without regard to its upstream or downstream impacts.

Technology

Electronic-grade silicon, off-grade silicon and solar-grade silicon are molten and casted or melted into quartz crucibles. The crucibles are afterwards reused in road construction. The large round MC-Si blocks are cut with saws to square blocks. The cuttings can be partly reused. Wafers can be directly produced from these multi-crystalline blocks.
Reference:
Jungbluth N., Stucki M, and Frischknecht R. (2009) Photovoltaics. In Dones, R. (Ed.) et al., Sachbilanzen von Energiesystemen: Grundlagen für den ökologischen Vergleich von Energiesystemen und den Einbezug von Energiesystemen in Ökobilanzen für die Schweiz. ecoinvent report No. 6-XII, Swiss Centre for Life Cycle Inventories, Dübendorf, CH, 2009.

Process type
Unit
Supported nomenclature
ecoinvent 3.6
LCI modeling approach
Before modeling
Multifunctional modeling
NONE
Format
ECOSPOLD2
Aggregation type
NOT_APPLICABLE
Data provider
ecoinvent
Review status
External
Cost
For sale
License

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