Dr. Ahmed G. Abo-Khalil

Electrical Engineering Department

PV links

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Green Product Guide



Arranged by CSI Divisions this guide has listings especially related to commercial projects.  Each product listing has a link to the companies website.


CIWMB Recycled Content Product Database



Compiled by California Integrated Waste Management Board, this database includes more than just building materials. Other product categories include: agriculture & landscape, automotive and traffic and office supplies.  Products are available nationally.



Preferable Purchasing



Rates building materials and products based on pollution prevention, life cycle analysis, comparison of environmental impacts, environmental performance, and environment/price performance ratio. Product categories include: paints, plumbing, HVAC, lighting, gypsum board, carpets, concrete, coatings, sealants, flooring, doors, and windows. 


Forest Certification Resource Center



This is a comprehensive resource for information on forest management and product certification worldwide.  It includes a database of Certified Forest Products, Certified Forests, Certified Businesses and Approved Certifiers.


Forest Stewardship Council  (FSC)



FSC is an independent, membership-based organization that brings people together to promote responsible management of the world's forests through developing standards, a certification system and trademark recognition.


Green Guide: Sustainable Product Choices


Green building products and where to get them in WI and the Midwest.


Greenguard  (Greenguard Environmental Institute)



Greenguard evaluates products on emission of VOCs, formaldehyde, and other pollutants for interior products and building materials. Certifies over 10,000 products, including flooring, ceiling systems, paints, coatings, adhesives, wall coverings, insulation, and office furniture.  You first must register using your name, company, email address, and password before being allowed  access into this database.


Green Seal



Evaluates performance and life cycle evaluation of products, including paint, adhesives, compact fluorescent lamps, chillers, photovoltaic modules, windows, and window films.  



Building Green Inc.



GreenSpec is a directory of environmentally preferred products.  Products are evaluated by Building Green staff members based on 27 criteria, including recycled content, reduced demolition impacts, durability, and energy efficiency.  Directory covers more than 1,600 materials and products.  It does not require performance testing or independent verification of product content.  The staff searches for products, rather than waiting for manufacturers to submit. GreenSpec is not a certification or labeling program.





Smartwood is a third party certifier that is accredited to conduct forest management according to the rules of Forest Stewardship Council. 


U.S. EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines Program



The guidelines provide information about material content, product specification and a database of manufacturers and suppliers.  Once in the Supplier Database you can sort by category, product, material, company or state.  Besides the database this website offers product fact sheets, related links and buy recycled news, which among other things lists a calendar of events.


WasteCap Wisconsin



WasteCap Wisconsin, Inc. provides waste reduction and recycling assistance to businesses. They assist and encourage companies to effectively drive costs out of their operations through improved solid waste management practices.


WasteCap Wisconsin offers WasteCap Wisconsin Accreditation in Construction and Demolition Recycling. This training will give you the skills you need to develop, manage, monitor, document and promote a successful recycling program for construction and demolition debris. It also provides training to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points for MR 2.1 and 2.2.


Wisconsin Built Directory of Energy Efficient & Sustainable Products & Services


This directory is managed by WGBA staff and is searchable by company, products, services, green criteria, LEED Rating System category or keyword.


Some universities and institutes which have a photovoltaics research department.

·         National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL

·         Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE at the Fraunhofer Institute

·         Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)

·         Imperial College London: Experimental Solid State Physics

·         Instituto de Energía Solar, at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

·         Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, at Loughborough University

·         School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at The University of New South Wales

·         Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University

·         Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Prof. Graetzel invented dye sensitized cells here

·         Advanced Energy Systems at Helsinki University of Technology

·         The Centre for Electronic Devices and Materials at Sheffield Hallam University

·         The Solar Caliometry Lab at Queen's University

·         Energy & Environmental Technology Application Center at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering SUNY at Albany

·         Institute of microtechnology at University of Neuchatel Switzerland

·         University of Konstanz

·         Arizona State University Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory

·         Institute of Energy Conversion at University of Delaware

·         World Alliance for Decentralized Energy

Florida Solar Energy Center at University of Central Florida


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