June 2022 | Boundless Impact Report shows Origami Solar’s Steel module frames reduce GHG emissions by 87%

Jun 10, 2022

Boundless Impact report shows Origami Solar’s steel solar module frames reduce GHG emissions by 87%

The independent report, released this week by Boundless Impact Research and Analytics, underscores the critical role steel sources can play in rebuilding and securing domestic PV module supply chains and reducing the environmental impact from aluminum.

Key report findings include:

  • GHG footprint graphCurrent aluminum frames used by the solar industry contribute 217 tonnes of CO2e per MW of solar. Switching to recycled steel would reduce that environmental impact to only 29 tonnes of CO2e per MW.
  • The Origami Solar steel module frames produced in the United States using 100% recycled steel delivers an 87% reduction in GHG emissions compared to aluminum module frames made in China and a 94% reduction when produced in Germany, which more widely utilizes renewable energy in manufacturing.
  • The potential GHG emission savings resulting from replacing only 10% of the industry’s conventional aluminum solar frames with Origami Solar steel module frames is approximately 30 megatons (30 million metric tons) between 2022 and 2030. This is equivalent to the emissions of eight coal-fired power plants for an entire year. And a 50% shift to steel would result in a GHG reduction of 148 megatons.

The full report can be accessed here.


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State-of-the-art PV Module Technologies Today & Future Trends

Eric Hafter portraitEric Hafter, Origami Solar Founder, will speak at PV Module Tech U.S. on Tuesday, June 14th. Be sure to catch the panel, beginning at 11:15am. If you are attending the conference, reach out to our team to meet. While the conference is sold out, use code ORIG20 when you join the waitlist to save 20% on your tickets.

State-of-the-art PV Module Technologies Today & Future Trends

Moderator: Jenya Meydbray

The panel will cover:

  • Understand module technology advances and how this will evolve in the next 2 years
  • How quickly will new n-type modules appear at GW-scale for utility deployment?