Implementing the Circular Economy
A pre-requisite for any renewable energy technology
PVthin and its members are at the forefront of establishing circular business models through life cycle management approaches, from raw material sourcing to high value recycling at end-of-life.
Thin-film PV technologies offer tremendous opportunities to enable circular business models through design for recycling, highly resource efficient manufacturing technologies and dedicated recycling technologies.
End-of-life management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels
End of Life Management of Photovoltaic Panels Trends in PV Module Recycling Technologies
Life Cycle Inventory of Current Photovoltaic Module Recycling Processes in Europe
Recycling with First Solar
First Solar recycling recovers up to 90% of materials First Solar’s state-of-the-art recycling facilities are operational in the U.S., Germany and Malaysia, with a scalable capacity to accommodate high volume recycling as more modules reach the end of their 25+ year life. Our proven recycling process achieves high recovery rates; up to 90 percent of the semiconductor material can be reused in new modules and 90 percent of the glass can be reused in new glass products.
Recycling with 5N PLUS
As part of its strategy for consolidating its chain of supply, 5N Plus has acquired facilities for extracting metals of interest from various concentrates produced by the primary metals industry. The range of technology developed for this purpose has quickly allowed 5N Plus to use as raw materials numerous production residues produced by our clients and containing concentrations of our products. As a result, 5N Plus has developed unique expertise that enables us to offer recycling solutions to customers and to transform an environmental liability into a significant source of supply.