Solar Recycling a Growth Industry

April 16, 2022

Solar panels are going to be recycled. They are part of a growing challenge with electronic waste that has to be tackled, and they are really only a small part – we have a lot of work to do on all the other stuff, too.

Health and Safety Impacts of Solar Photovoltaics – North Carolina State University:

To put the volume of PV waste into per- spective, consider that by 2050, when PV systems installed in 2020 will reach the end of their lives, it is estimated that the global annual PV panel waste tonnage will be 10% of the 2014 global e-waste tonnage.

3 Responses to “Solar Recycling a Growth Industry”


  1. Solar recycling is the best for the future 😊🌍👏

  2. Gingerbaker Says:

    “… by 2050, when PV systems installed in 2020 will reach the end of their lives…”

    This is absurd. Many of the PV systems installed in 2020 won’t even be out of their warranty period in 2050, and NOWHERE near the end of their useful lives.

    That statement is equivalent to deliberate misinformation. What is the motivation of such a writer?

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      …estimated that the global annual PV panel waste tonnage will be 10% of the 2014 global e-waste tonnage.

      When the 2020 panels reach the end of their lives, the volume of non-PV e-waste will be a hell of a lot higher than it was in 2014, so I’d expect that the PV e-waste then will be much smaller than 10% of global e-waste at that time.

      Cars, household appliances, e-toys, and other sources of e-waste will continue to grow worldwide, especially since much of those have a shorter functional life than a modern PV panel.


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