Australia: Solar Panel Recycling is an Emerging Business

The Australian solar panel recycling company Reclaim PV is looking to scale up production as the number of broken and end of life systems mounts. 

As reported by Australian media, the Adelaide-based company has teamed up with major solar panel manufacturers who distribute in Australia and is refining its processes as well as lobbying for panels to be included in recycling regulations.

Reclaim PV Recycling Pty Ltd was founded in 2014 by the directors of S.M.A.R.T. Pty Ltd (Solar Maintenance and Renewable Technologies), who recognized the waste management challenge that the PV industry is facing. Working closely with a team at Flinders University in South Australia to develop the best practice for recycling PV modules, Reclaim has developed a scalable model in accordance with projections for end of life modules. “A defined course of action is now under way to provide dedicated solutions for PV recycling based in Australia,” as it is stated on the homepage.

A current report predicts solar panel waste could total 78 million tons globally by 2050. According to the provided information, the Australian Government’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme was established in 2011 to provide householders and small businesses with access to industry-funded collection and recycling services for televisions and computers. The regulations require importers and manufacturers of these goods to fund and implement recycling of their products.

Including solar panels in the regulations would be a great benefit, Reclaim PV Recycling emphasized.

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