IJAT Vol.14 No.6 pp. 890-908
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2020.p0890


Defining Requirements on Technology Systems Assessment from Life Cycle Perspectives: Cases on Recycling of Photovoltaic and Secondary Batteries

Yasunori Kikuchi*,†, Aya Heiho*, Yi Dou*, Izuru Suwa*, I-Ching Chen**, Yasuhiro Fukushima**, and Chiharu Tokoro***

*The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan

Corresponding author

**Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

***Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

April 20, 2020
August 27, 2020
November 5, 2020
bibliometric analysis, requirement definition, life cycle assessment

Since the enactment of the “Feed-in Tariff” scheme in 2012, the solar power generation capacity in Japan has been steadily growing. Therefore, in the near future, the demand for the mass processing of spent photovoltaic (PV) panels is expected to increase. Secondary batteries, especially lithium-ion batteries (LiBs), have become important products for vehicles and mobile devices. The production of LiBs is also expected to significantly increase in the near future. In this study, we address the design of recycling systems for such emerging technologies. From life cycle perspectives, the requirements for the assessment of these technology systems are carefully defined through a bibliometric analysis of technology assessments, critical reviews of current research and developments in the recycling of PV panels and LiBs, and analysis of the intensities of life cycle impacts (such as greenhouse gas emissions and resource use). The necessities for life cycle assessments, material flow analyses, and other assessment methods are clarified, along with the conditions to be examined using these assessment methods.

Cite this article as:
Y. Kikuchi, A. Heiho, Y. Dou, I. Suwa, I. Chen, Y. Fukushima, and C. Tokoro, “Defining Requirements on Technology Systems Assessment from Life Cycle Perspectives: Cases on Recycling of Photovoltaic and Secondary Batteries,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.14 No.6, pp. 890-908, 2020.
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