Towards a Circular PV Industry: Strategies and Innovations in PV Circularity

Friday, June 21, 2024

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Messe München
Hall A2, Booth A2.409

The rapid growth of photovoltaic (PV) technology has led to significant advancements in renewable energy production. However, with this growth comes the challenge of managing the end-of-life of PV panels and ensuring the circularity of materials. Current PV modules on the market are not designed for circularity (meaning easy to disassemble, repair, refurbish, and recycle). They cannot be "re-opened" and the only way for recycling is through destructive processes such as shredding. The irreversible design severely limits repair/ refurbish potentials, as well as the recovery of valuable materials. Despite the advancements in technological research, there is currently a clear lack of business incentives for manufacturers to implement design-for-circularity. This session aims to explore strategies and innovations in PV circularity, focusing on PV module design for circularity and the state-of-art PV recycling solutions.

10:00 am - 10:10 amDrivers for a Circular PV Sector

Mr. Raffaele Rossi, Head of Market intelligence, SolarPower Europe

10:10 am - 10:20 amState of the Art of PV recycling

Mr. Jan Clyncke, Managing Director, PV CYCLE

10:20 am - 10:30 amTechnology and Innovation gaps for a circular PV value chain

Mr. David Moser, ETIP PV Vice-Chair and Realibaility and Circularity WG leader, Eurac Research

10:30 am - 10:40 amCircularity by Design in PV Products

10:45 am - 11:30 amTowards a Circular PV Industry (Panel Discussion)

Ms. Hanna Dittmar, Project Officer, SolarPower Europe

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