PV Cycle reveals Panama and Senegal recycling success stories

PV Cycle reveals Panama and Senegal recycling success stories

September 4, 2019
Press Release: PV Cycle

The problem of solar panel disposal will explode with full force in two or three decades and wreck the environment because it is a huge amount of waste that is not easy to recycle. Luckily, PV Cycle seems to be ahead of the game. At home and abroad

At the end of 2017, E-Waste World Conference & Expo participant PV Cycle launched the ‘PV Cycle Global Membership’ to ensure a complete life-cycle of solar panels put on the market beyond traditional WEEE territories.

Within a mere 18 months, the organization has demonstrated its capability and determination in the international PV waste management sector by collecting and processing three tons of end-of-life PV modules from Panama as well as more than 25 tons from Senegal.

These modules will be treated mainly with mechanical processes, including grinding, sorting and refining, etc, which have been proven as the most feasible and cost-efficient recycling solution for photovoltaic waste.

Founded by and for the PV industry in Europe, PV Cycle is a pioneer and a key player in European PV waste management and has confirmed its international leading position thanks to its capability to offer sustainable services in any country in the world.

Since the establishment of PV Cycle, more than 30,000 tons of PV waste have been processed. But by 2030, 150,000 tons of PV modules will reach their end of life. With dedicated treatment, there will be raw materials such as glass, aluminum, copper, plastics, etc, which can be used in the production of new materials and products.

“The photovoltaic industry is entering a new era,” commented Bertrand Lempkowicz, communication manager for PV Cycle. “It is time to realize that producing green energy from solar panels but abandoning the used materials in nature [at end of life] does not make sense. At PV Cycle, we contribute to looking for PV waste and decreasing the environmental footprint all around the globe.”

In separate news, PV Cycle’s Jan Clyncke will take part in a sustainable solar panel discussion at this year’s E-Waste World Conference & Expo and will be joined by First Solar’s Andreas Wade, Tom Rommens from CIRCUSOL (VITO) and Davide Polverinin from the European Commission.

E-Waste World Conference & Expo will take place from Thursday 14 November to Friday 15 November at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, Germany. To register for this highly focused, solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

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