End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels
other publication 21.07.2016
The report shows that by recycling or reusing solar PV modules at the end of their roughly 30-year life, a large stock of raw materials and other valuable components can be tapped. According to estimates, the quantity of waste produced, mainly consisting of glass, could reach up to 78 million tonnes by 2050. If these are returned to the economy, the value of re-used materials could be far beyond 15 billion US dollars by 2050. Through this potential material inflow, 2 billion new modules (equivalent to new generation capacity of 630 GW) could be produced or resold on the worldwide raw materials markets. This increases the security of the future offer of PV or other raw material-dependent products.
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