Recent trends in the international photovoltaic (PV) sector indicate strong growth in terms of capacity andproduction, which is positively influencing the process of energy system decarbonisation. The aim of this reviewwas to promote productive paradigms for a ‘closed cycle’ economy based on the enhancement of resource efficiencyand the reduction of waste. To this end, the articulate framework for the management of end-of-life PVpanels was analysed, highlighting strengths and weaknesses from the perspective of transitioning towards acircular economy. The conceptual framework is based on a comprehensive review and analysis of relevantliterature to describe the main technological and environmental implications associated with PV energy production.Consequently, this paper highlights the most important critical elements, potential opportunities, andlimitations deriving from the technological, managerial and organisational aspects of enhancing recovery andrecycling rates. The review and the proposed framework might be useful for further research on this importantyet complex topic.

Management of end-of-life photovoltaic panels as a step towards a circular economy

Sica D;Supino S
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2017-01-01

Abstract

Recent trends in the international photovoltaic (PV) sector indicate strong growth in terms of capacity andproduction, which is positively influencing the process of energy system decarbonisation. The aim of this reviewwas to promote productive paradigms for a ‘closed cycle’ economy based on the enhancement of resource efficiencyand the reduction of waste. To this end, the articulate framework for the management of end-of-life PVpanels was analysed, highlighting strengths and weaknesses from the perspective of transitioning towards acircular economy. The conceptual framework is based on a comprehensive review and analysis of relevantliterature to describe the main technological and environmental implications associated with PV energy production.Consequently, this paper highlights the most important critical elements, potential opportunities, andlimitations deriving from the technological, managerial and organisational aspects of enhancing recovery andrecycling rates. The review and the proposed framework might be useful for further research on this importantyet complex topic.
2017
Renewable ; Photovoltaic; Circular economy
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