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The IRENA report, End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels

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B2B Sales & Business Development Consultant ZACH KALLERGIS

I provide Strategic Advice & Implementation services for the B2B Solar sector helping Brands identify new exciting Business Opportunities approaching each of my clients with fresh eyes to...

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Sustainability should be an integral part of the complete Solar PV value chain.
The IRENA report, End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels, is the first-ever projection of PV panel waste volumes to 2050 and highlights that recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their roughly 30-year lifetime can unlock a large stock of raw materials and other valuable components.

Recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their roughly 30-year lifetime can unlock an estimated stock of 78 million tonnes of raw materials and other valuable components globally by 2050.

This is an essential guide and manual for all of us who are deeply involved in Solar PV.

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Matt Chester on Nov 16, 2020

Recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their roughly 30-year lifetime can unlock an estimated stock of 78 million tonnes of raw materials and other valuable components globally by 2050

Is the cost (both in money and energy) to do so prohibitive or undercutting the full life value of solar in any way?

 

Thanks for sharing Zach!

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Zach Kallergis on Nov 18, 2020

Thanks, Matt. 

I think it is primarily a question of initiative however the main cause behind the lack of it is definitely the cost impact in both usd/eur/Wp as well as investment in infrastructure.

 

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