Can solar panels be recycled & upcycled?
Posted: 13 Oct 2020
Tagged: Myths about Solar Panels | recycling solar panels | Renewable Energy | Solar Panels | upcycling solar panels |
It’s a long-standing myth that solar panels can’t be recycled.The Melbourne-based Ojas Group, however has set out to debunk this myth once and for all with their ‘first of a kind’ solar panel upcycling plant.
How Long Do Solar Panels Last
Once a solar panel has progressed passed this peak life cycle age, you may start to see its efficiency fall.
According to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) solar panels only degrade by around 0.3%-0.5% per year.
So, by the time your solar panel reaches the 25-year mark they are still operating around the 88% mark which isn’t too bad at all!
If you are finding that your array’s efficiency has dropped to a level where you are no longer receiving your energy requirements it may be time to consider an upgrade.
Solar Market offers 3 complimentary quotes from local CEC accredited installers within your area. So, if you are looking to replace your system for an upgrade let us help you find the best deal.
Upcycling & Recycling Solar Panels
But what happens to your old solar panels? They might just end up at Ojas Group’s new upcycling plant, Elecsome.
In partnership with RMIT and the University of Melbourne the Ojas Group aims to transform potentially hazardous solar panel waste into valuable materials.
- Concreate Fill
- Road base material, such as sand
The aluminum frames will be repurposed into items such as:
- More solar frames
EVA polymer silicon elements from the panels will also be recycled into raw material that can then be distributed to other industries.
Each developed factory intends to cater for over 50 tonnes of solar waste, creating essential employment opportunities across many regional areas.
As the solar industry continues to boom within Australia, managing solar waste sustainably has become an important goal. As we transition to a more renewable dominant grid, solar panel manufacturing and recycling processes have had to adapt and expand their methods.
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