European Solar Industry Introduces Voluntary Recycle System for PV Modules

The photovoltaic solar electricity industry in Europe plans to voluntarily take back defective or used solar modules to recycle them and to recover valuable materials.

To this end, in July 2007 a group of PV solar companies founded the European Association for the Recovery of Photovoltaic Modules AISBL, known in short as PV CYCLE.

The Association will develop and introduce a European-wide collection, recycling and recovery system. The voluntary take back system is expected to go into operation in 2008.

PV CYCLE will work out an overall waste management policy for the industry that guarantees the highest economically feasible collection and recovery rates as well as appropriate treatment of waste PV modules.

PV CYCLE is financed through its member’s fees. Members of the association include: Avancis, Conergy, Isofoton, SCHOTT Solar, Solarworld and Sulfurcell Solartechnik as well as the German Solar Business Association (BSW) and the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).

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