Do you know how they recycle the photovoltaic panels? The solar panels photovoltaiceither solar panels, are the system renewable energy most used in recent times.
Do you know how photovoltaic panels are recycled?
This is due to its great energy efficiency and its low cost compared to other sustainable technologies. In addition, it is expected that in the coming years the number of photovoltaic solar panels increase drastically.
But, have we stopped to think what happens when its useful life ends? In this article we give you all the information you need about the recycling of photovoltaic panels.
Do you know how to recycle photovoltaic panels?
How are they recycled? photovoltaic solar panels? The photovoltaic panels they can Recycle almost completely since they are made mainly of glass and aluminum, materials that are easy to reuse and are classified as non-hazardous waste. On the other hand, it has elements such as silver, silicone and tin that currently do not allow its complete reuse.
According to him Photovoltaic Systems Program (IEA-PVPS) belonging to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), by 2050 solar panels could represent 78 megatons of the world. But thanks to recycling and recovery of photovoltaic panels 2 billion panels could be reproduced again. Therefore, if you apply the recycling of photovoltaic panels in a correct and studied way, it could extend a remarkable transition towards a more sustainable energy model.
Is there an Organization that is Responsible for the Recycling of Photovoltaic Panels?
Yes, PV CYCLE is a non-profit association, which aims to offer specialized solutions for waste management anywhere in the world. It was initially founded in 2007 for the photovoltaic industry and managed to represent 90% of manufacturers and importers, however today it covers more areas of waste.
In Spain, the manufacturers of photovoltaic panels They work on waste management with Recyclia, through the Ecoasimelec foundation. In 2013, Recyclia collaborates with PV Cycle through an agreement.
Is it mandatory to recycle solar panels?
The recycling of photovoltaic panels yes it is mandatory. The European Union was the first to take responsibility for this fact, so since 2012 the producers of photovoltaic panels are responsible for their recycling. This fact is officially regulated by the directive for the reuse of electrical and electronic devices (WEEE) 2012/19 EU.
The WEEE obliges the producers of this type of equipment to guarantee its collection and recycling when they end their useful life in any country of the European Union (EU).
Spain reacts to the 2012 WEEE Directive, and supports it through Royal Decree 110/2015, forcing the recycling of photovoltaic solar panels. The manufacturer is responsible for the waste of the panel at the end of its useful life.
Below we show a video of the Spanish Television newscast where we are presented with the first Spanish plant of the recycling photovoltaic solar panels: