The European association implementing a voluntary, industry-wide program to recycle expired solar modules, PV Cycle, elected as president Sanyo adviser Wilfried Taetow at a special meeting last week in Hamburg during EU PVSEC.
The four-year-old association with a membership of over 220 representing 90% of the European PV module market began its recycling operation in late 2010, and to date has processed 650 tonnes.
Taetow said his top priority of strengthening the existing waste management system was both exciting and challenging.
“Exciting because of the proven track record of such a dynamic industry to develop a pan-European system that offers an adequate solution for end-of-life PV modules; challenging because our rapid expansion will require us to focus our resources and attention into making sure we are ready for the increasing quantities we expect to collect in the coming years,” he said.
He joins on the Board vice-president Luis Torres, treasurer Holger Hoppe, and directors Luis Lopez, Gonzalo de la Viña, Ben Hill and Eleni Despotou.
Managing director Jan Clyncke said the appointment would help “making sure the industry’s efforts solidify into a stronger commitment” to recycling.