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Added: Based on the added comment that The purpose of the question is to determine whether solar panels can be made after fossil fuels are widely unavailable and long-distance supply chains are extremely expensive or unavailable. I won't address the assumptions made re unavailability of supply chain, and will just assume that it is true in this case. ...


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The line "All the DIY references I’ve found still require buying components that are dependent on fossil fuel-driven manufacturing and mining processes." makes it sound like you are hoping to build a solar cell with materials you pick up off the ground. Fortunately, there is such a cell. You can make Cuprous oxide solar cells using nothing but copper, heat, ...


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This is one of those economics things. Small towns often have very cheap landfills. Glass in the landfill is not particularly harmful, it's just bulky. The uses mentioned above glass is essentially competing with either gravel or sand. So it has to be roughly the same price. If there is a reasonable dumping fee at the landfill then glass doesn't ...


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Dye-sensetised solar cells are probably the best bet, but that still requires ITO glass. At least it doesn't require silicon wafers, cadmium, or anything aggresively toxic. It's likely that in the future those parts of the chemical industry that use FF inputs will start running off biological hydrocarbon inputs. There's no reason why you can't do metal ...


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I made a literature search and just present here all the significant results I could find with small excerpts from the abstracts: Growing green money? Mapping community currencies for sustainable development Link - 2013 Parallel sustainable monetary systems are being developed [..] to promote sustainable development by localising economic development, ...


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