PV Cycle: 96 percent recycling rate for silicon based PV modules achieved

Source: PV CYCLE

Brussels — Today PV Cycle has announced a new record in silicon based PV module recycling, achieving a 96 percent recycling rate in real-world performance. A new process allows the recycling of silicon flakes, a combination of EVA laminate, silicon-based semiconductors and metals, in an economic and environmentally sound manner. The advanced process is currently being applied at one of PV Cycle’s Europe-based recycling partners for silicon-PV modules.

“Our recent breakthrough in silicon-PV recycling is the result of both continuous improvement and intensive research and development along the value chain”, said Olmina Della Monica, head of Treatment & Operations at PV Cycle Association, the world’s first waste management program for all types of PV technologies.

With today average recycling rates of 90 percent for silicon based (all recycling partners combined) and up to 97 percent for non-silicon based PV modules, PV Cycle’s Europe business has already been exceeding both industry and WEEE standards.

“Thanks to our diversified recycling portfolio, PV Cycle can offer economically viable solutions at the industry’s highest technological standards”, Olmina Della Monica said.

All types of PV technologies are equally suitable for recycling. PV module recycling allows the recovery of various raw materials and helps conserve natural resources. Today, glass, aluminum, copper, plastics from the cables and junction box, certain semiconductors as well as silver can be recycled. Other materials such as EVA plastics go into energy recovery.

According to PV Cycle, its programme today is the only scheme guaranteeing comprehensive recycling for all kinds of PV modules, including silicon, CdTe, CIGS and flexible modules. “Our recycling solutions go far beyond pre-treatment and the recycling of aluminum frames”, concluded Jan Clyncke, Managing Director of the PV Cycle Association.

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