Industrial scale recovery and reuse of all materials from end of life silicon-based photovoltaic modules
During the past 25 years, there has been a rapid expansion in the deployment of photovoltaic (PV) systems throughout Europe. Early PV systems are now coming to the end of their working lives - a big disposal challenge that will increase in the coming years. Addressing this challenge, the two-year industry driven EU project ELSi started in May 2016 under the “Fast Track to Innovation” funding scheme. With Fraunhofer IGB as research partner, the ELSi team is working on a promising approach for an industrial scale recovery and reuse of all materials from end of life silicon-based photovoltaic modules. ELSi project will demonstrate and validate a complete recycling system allowing appropriate disposal of PV modules and recovery of valuable materials.