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  • Writer's pictureJaime Ventura Energy Consultant

SOLAR PANELS RECYCLING

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

INITIATIVES WE NEED TO PROMOTE TO AVOID MYTHS


Solar Panels Recycling

Solar panels have proven to be, and by far, a clean and renewable energy source, but a common myth is that they are difficult to recycle and contribute to pollution. However, the truth is that they are highly recyclable and many companies around the world are dedicated to ensuring they are disposed of correctly.


There are several examples: SolarCycle, a US-based company that uses a unique process that consists of crushing the panels and separating the different materials, such as glass, aluminum and silicone. Others like First Solar, which has a recycling program for its own panels and those of other companies, and Recycle PV, which offers solar panel recycling services, also in the US, with a nationwide collection service for residential and commercial customers.


One of the largest solar panel recycling programs in the world is the European Union's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive. This requires manufacturers and distributors of solar panels to take responsibility for the disposal of their products. In Europe, the PV Cycle Association provides a network of collection and recycling points for end-of-life solar panels. In Asia, the Japan Photovoltaic Association operates a similar program.


The benefits of recycling solar panels are clear. By reusing old panel materials, we can reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and minimize the need for new natural resources. In fact, some estimates suggest that up to 90~95% of solar panel materials can be recycled.


However, despite the efforts of these companies and associations, the recycling of solar panels is still not as widespread as it should be. This is where our Integration Coefficient IC comes into play. By integrating a sustainable approach throughout the supply chain, from manufacturers to distributors and installers, the IC model promotes the adoption of sustainable practices and encourages the recycling of solar panels and other renewable energy products. Under our communication plan with our digital ecosystem, major suppliers, supply chain intelligence and unified guarantee are integrated to create a more efficient supply chain. This makes it easier for companies to adopt sustainable practices and recycle solar panels and other renewable energy products.


In conclusion, the myth that solar panels are difficult to recycle and contribute to pollution is just that: a myth. With the help of organizations like the ones we have mentioned above and with our IC model, we can further promote sustainability and make recycling of solar panels and other renewable energy products more widespread.


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