Technologies to Improve the Profitability of Silicon PV Module Recycling

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Abstract

With today's technology, the cost for recycling Si PV modules far exceeds the revenue from recycling. This paper examines two recycling scenarios which can improve the profitability of Si module recycling: 1) module reuse and 2) material extraction and reuse. The process sequences for the two scenarios are outlined, along with the potential revenues, the recycling technologies needed, and the major challenges for each scenario. Material extraction and reuse is the ultimate solution for module recycling. A two-stage recycling process is proposed for this scenario. The first stage is module recycling which can be done locally to recover and recycle ~95% of the module weight. The second stage is cell recycling which is carried out in centralized facilities involving chemical processing. Several module trends which negatively impact module recyclability are discussed including dual-glass modules and reduced Ag consumption in modules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of AM-FPD 2021 - 28th International Workshop on Active-Matrix Flatpanel Displays and Devices
Subtitle of host publicationTFT Technologies and FPD Materials
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages55-58
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9784991216909
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event28th International Workshop on Active-Matrix Flatpanel Displays and Devices: TFT Technologies and FPD Materials, AM-FPD 2021 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: Jun 29 2021Jul 2 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of AM-FPD 2021 - 28th International Workshop on Active-Matrix Flatpanel Displays and Devices: TFT Technologies and FPD Materials

Conference

Conference28th International Workshop on Active-Matrix Flatpanel Displays and Devices: TFT Technologies and FPD Materials, AM-FPD 2021
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/29/217/2/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Media Technology
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation

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