According to critics, the mining, manufacturing, and transportation of solar panels consume more energy and fossil fuel-burning equipment than they save. Another argument is that in the production process, hazardous chemicals are used that cause more harm than good.
On the other hand, it is said that solar panels generate more clean energy than they consume. Major worldwide corporations are leading by example when it comes to chemical use.
This article will look at some of the negative concerns of manufacturing and using solar panels and solar energy in general.
The production of solar energy necessitates a large quantity of energy upfront. Mining, manufacturing, and transportation all necessitate a large quantity of energy. Quartz must be processed and cleaned before being combined with other components from other sources (aluminum, copper, etc.) to create a single solar module.
During the processing stage, extremely high heat is required to heat the quartz. To make high-efficiency panels, manufacturers must combine various materials with extreme precision. All of this necessitates a significant amount of initial effort. Traditional fuels like gas and coal are harvested, cleaned/processed, and burned in massive quantities, usually in a single location.
Semiconductor processing generally involves hazardous chemicals to produce solar-grade silicon. These chemicals may or may not be appropriately disposed of. Some corporations lead by example, and others make corners to save money, just as in any industry. There are bad apples, but not every industry will dump chemicals or recycle their leftovers appropriately.
What happens if solar panels fail or are turned off? Although solar panel recycling has not yet become a significant concern, it will do so in the future decades as solar panels are replaced. Solar modules can currently be disposed of with other types of e-waste. Countries with weak e-waste disposal systems are more vulnerable to recycling-related problems.
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