Life cycle management and recycling of PV systems

In 2015, estimated annual global volumes of electronic waste (e-waste) reached a record 43.8 million metric tons and global e-waste generation is expected to increase up to 50 million metric tons by 2018. Even though solar PV panels significantly differ from typical consumer electronic products, global regulators view PV panels increasingly in the context of e-waste regulations. Solar PV currently accounts for less than 1% of total annual e-waste volumes.

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Life cycle management and recycling of PV systems

The end-of-life handling of PV equipment is becoming an important element in the total life cycle costs of PV generation assets. First Solar looks at the growing importance of PV recycling.

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