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Development of Electroheating Processes for Crystalline Silicon PV Recycling: Preliminary Results
A. Doni, F. Dughiero
c-Si, Environmental Effect, PV Materials, Recycling
PV - a Major Electricity Source
Subtopic: Sustainability Aspects
Event: 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 6CV.4.5
4649 - 4652
ISBN: 3-936338-28-0
Paper DOI: 10.4229/27thEUPVSEC2012-6CV.4.5
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The increasing amount of photovoltaic modules installed worldwide, together with the requests by the public opinion for electrical energy production technologies with near-zero environmental impact, are the main reasons that push researchers and industries to intensively work on making solar energy more environmental friendly. The growing awareness concerning the importance of waste reduction from every human activity has been the trigger that made many research group starting studies on the development of recycling systems for photovoltaic modules. The application of an electrothermal heating process, based on radio-frequency heating, has been developed at University of Padova for the separation of recyclable materials from end-of-life crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules. The preliminary results of the first tests, conducted on small scale samples and full scale solar modules, for the separation of glass from end-of-life multi-crystalline solar modules are presented in this paper.