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Breakthrough in solar PV module recycling

There has been a breakthrough in solar photovoltaic (PV) module recycling, according to experts at the 2nd International conference on PV Module Recycling in Madrid, Spain.

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

In addition to presentations about silicon-based and CdTe technologies, CI(G)S solar PV module recycling was also included in the programme.

“This year, we have been able to cover all major photovoltaic technologies and learned from the latest module recycling experiences from different parts of the world. Last but not least, the PV industry compared its experience with those from the recycling industry. These kinds of synergies are crucial so as to guarantee a successful future for PV module recycling,” says EPIA’s Secretary General, Eleni Despotou.

“It is very gratifying to see how such a young industry sector has come together strongly to take full responsibility for its products and make sure the adequate management systems are put in place at their end-of-life. At the same time, the quality of take-back and recycling initiatives have improved significantly since the set-up of PV CYCLE’s system and technology is maturing quickly so we can expect many more key developments in the near future that will maximise efficiency and speed,” adds Jan Clyncke, PV CYCLE’s Managing Director.

The conference was jointly organised by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and PV CYCLE, the European Association for Voluntary Take-Back and Recycling of Photovoltaic Modules.

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