ELSi

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.

Project information

Project title

ELSi – Industrial scale recovery and reuse of all materials from end of life silicon-based photovoltaic modules

 

Project duration

May 2016 – April 2018

 

Coordinated by

  • Geltz Umwelttechnologie GmbH

 

Project partners

  • Geltz Umwelttechnologie GmbH (Germany)
  • Recyclage et Valorisation Technique S.A. (Belgium)
  • Variata Dorit Lang GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
  • SOLARTYS (Spain)
  • Suez Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
  • Fraunhofer IGB (Germany)

Funding

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 701104.

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