Solar Energy (Photovolatics)
The number of solar panels in the world is growing rapidly, according the IEA, 70,000 solar panels are being deployed every hour. Recycling needs will rise exponentially to relieve landfill load and recover materials for re-use. Legislation is currently most advanced in Europe, where the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) was established in 2003, and, with subsequent directives, requires module manufacturers to provide disposal of panels. Research on recycling methods is very active in Europe, where recycling energy consumption is declining and recycling efficiency is improving. Recycling will become more profitable as volume grows, but currently subsidies are needed to cover costs. This presentation will review current recycling methods and improvements under development.