A mechanical method for PV module recycling

Apr 1, 2020 03:36 PM ET
  • An Italian consortium has actually created a panel reusing procedure it asserts can recuperate as much as 99% of basic materials. The programmers declare their method takes just 40 secs to totally reuse a basic panel, depending upon dimension as well as reusing website problems.
A mechanical method for PV module recycling
Image: Yousolar

Italian PV module reusing consortium La Mia Energia claims the Photo Voltaic Panel Mobile Recycling Device (PV-MoReDe) it has actually established can virtually totally recoup resources consisting of furnace-ready glass, light weight aluminum, copper as well as silicon.

The procedure varies from traditional thermo-chemical panel reusing techniques by utilizing a collection of trademarked mechanical actions. Mia Energia stated its method can reuse any kind of sort of PV panels in any type of state, consisting of damaged as well as stained things.

" The most integral part is glass splitting up," claimed Mauro Zilio, proprietor of Italian PV reusing business Yousolar, which belongs to the Mia Energia consortium. "White glass remains in terrific need since it is challenging to discover it without pollutants."

Prior to reusing starts, a driver makes use of an equipment to position panels on a device which eliminates the light weight aluminum framework and also electrical cords box. Components are after that positioned on pallets to be controlled by a robotic provided by Swiss electronic devices firm ABB. The robotic overviews components with unique suction mugs as well as feeds them right into a squares cutter. The cutter splits the panels right into squares all set to go into the reusing procedure.


Recuperated products are landed, weighed on digital ranges and afterwards changed by the driver to maintain the procedure relocating.

Mia Energia claimed it takes about 40 secs to reuse each panel, depending upon dimension as well as reusing website problems, as well as the system can refine around 1.2 heaps per hr.

" We can likewise divide all Copper, silicon and also pvc," Zilio informed pv magazine. "Silicon is pure, with a rank varying from 45-65%.".

Mia Energia stated the reusing procedure can be established on a mobile in addition to repaired basis, with the previous based inside a 13m container as well as able to run from a vehicle on website. The reusing consortium included, also the taken care of variation of the procedure can be delivered in between websites in containers.

Zilio claimed the reusing option was not advertised by the consortium formerly "as it was a model to be established" till 2 months back. "Today, 99% of the raw products are recouped as well as much as 800-1,000 panels each day can be dealt with," he included.

" Contrary to all the examinations they are performing in the remainder of the globe, the plant functions just with mechanical splitting up, without making use of warm or chemicals," stated Zilio. "In reality, it does not also create dirt.".

The Yousolar proprietor explained, use photovoltaic panels on any kind of structure where the PV-MoReDe is set up can indicate the innovation operates on a lasting basis.

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