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PV CYCLE: the beneficiaries of falling PV module prices

The drastic increase in end-of-life PV modules has helped PV CYCLE close a successful first quarter of 2012. With more than 1,000 tonnes of collected modules, this is a significant first-quarter performance.

“2012 started exceptionally well and we see that module owners throughout Europe start to really benefit from our comprehensive collection services”, explains Dr. Virginia Gomez, head of technology and operations at PV CYCLE. “Yet, forecasting future waste streams remains difficult in the PV industry. PV CYCLE not only collects PV modules that reached their technical lifetime of 30 years but also warranty and guaranty cases as well as PV modules that were damaged during transport or installation.”


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