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Innovative Recycling of End of Life Silicon PV Panels: Materials Recovering and Glass Re-Use
C. Audoin, P. Cerchier, K. Brunelli, L. Pezzato, M. Dabala, M. Tammaro, G. Sabia, A. Attanasio, A. Nisi, T. Sessa, H. Suitner, J.P. Rakotoniaina
Recycling, Silicon (Si), Glass, Recovery, Photovoltaic Panels
Photovoltaic Modules and BoS Components
Subtopic: Sustainability and Recycling
Event: 36th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 4AV.2.55
1247 - 1251
ISBN: 3-936338-60-4
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20192019-4AV.2.55
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Document(s): paper, poster


Photovoltaic (PV) technology is one of the most rising technologies for improving energy security and mitigating climate change. The PV market is growing rapidly, and further market expansion is expected all over the world. In Europe, from 2020 on, an increasing amount of End of Life (EoL) Photovoltaic Panels will accumulate. This will represent a new type of waste which will show opportunities and challenges. Nowadays, this type of waste is addressed mostly to landfill, even though it contains valuable raw materials. ReSiELP is an EIT KIC Raw Material project, funded by the EIT, striving to recover valuable materials contained in the PV modules. EoL PV panels waste will be treated by a pilot plant implemented during the project lifetime. The first results obtained by the plant showed that the materials can be recovered with high efficiency on industrial scale. Treatment of the wastewaters at lab-scale has been studied in order to reduce waste and recover valuable-resources in a circular economy perspective. All the recovered materials will be reinjected in their appropriate value chain. Recovered glass is mechanically processed and sieved in different sizes to be re-used in building materials production and promising results have been obtained.