Veolia opens France’s first PV recycling facility

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
The secondary raw materials recovered will be used in various other sectors including aluminium, glass and copper. Credit: PV Cycle

French waste giant Veolia has opened the first PV recycling facility in France through a partnership with PV Cycle, a not-for-profit take-back and waste management programme for solar in Europe.

The PV panel recycling plant, which is located in Rousset in the Bouches-du-Rhône of southern France, will process 1,400 tonnes of material per year from 2017 and up to 4,000 tonnes by 2021. The secondary raw materials recovered will be used in various other sectors including aluminium, glass and copper.

The processing will help solar plant owners comply with the European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, which mandates the recycling of PV panels at end-of-life. The association currently takes on PV modules, inverters, batteries and other equipment subject to the directive.

Nicolas Defrenne, chief executive of PV Cycle France, said: “This first unit dedicated to recycling used photovoltaic panels is part of the high value-added strategy in our sector, recovering nearly 96% of materials while reducing the environmental impact of the collection process.”

PV Cycle said that last year 55,000 tonnes of PV panels were installed in France totalling 6.8GW. France’s Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, also recently unveiled ambitious new large-scale tenders for utility-scale solar, self-consumption and solar innovations such as solar roads.

PV Cycle launched a service in Japan last year, while also claiming a record recycling rate of 96% for silicon-based PV modules.

Read Next

May 20, 2021
EDF Renewables has partnered with a new portfolio company of Macquarie’s Green Investment Group to acquire a French agrophotovoltaic developer with a 2.4GW solar portfolio.
April 27, 2021
Switzerland-headquartered PV module manufacturer Meyer Burger has formally unveiled its range of heterojunction (HJ) solar modules for mass production.
March 30, 2021
South Korea-based solar module manufacturer Q CELLS has filed patent infringement complaints in both Germany and France against Astronergy.
March 24, 2021
France’s grid operator RTE has warned of tighter than forecast power supply margins, with delays to renewables development in the country expected to exacerbate a shortfall of nuclear generation.
March 12, 2021
Trina Solar has added to its Vertex series of next-generation solar modules, launching an ultra-high power 670W version.
March 10, 2021
Total has signed a corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) with telecoms operator Orange that will allow for the development for 12 solar projects in France.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
July 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
August 24, 2021
Solar Media Events, Upcoming Webinars
October 6, 2021