The PHOTORAMA project was set up and funded to help support the adoption of sufficient recycling channels for Photovoltaic (PV) products. PES was fortunate enough to speak to some of the key stakeholders in the initiative, to learn more about the possibilities and what the future hopefully holds for PV recycling.
PES: Welcome to PES everyone. We’re looking forward to gaining more insight into how PV panel recycling can be improved. Perhaps we can begin with a look at some of the challenges to this. From your perspective, what would you say these are?
Claire Agraffeil, CEA: PV recycling is a young field, mostly because of the unusually long lifetime of the PV devices, which is about 25 to 30 years. The volume of available PV waste is still considered too low to develop a proper business, however it is growing year on year and expected to reach several million tons in the coming decades.