“Process and automated pilot plant for simultaneous and integral recycling of different kinds of photovoltaic panels” (LIFE13 ENV/IT/001033)

Photolife (LIFE13 ENV/IT/001033) is an EU LIFE+ funded project with the aim of recovery of glass and main values from end life Photovoltaic panels. Scope of the project is the construction of a pilot plant and the experimentation of the innovative process for the full recovery of different kind of PV panels. Eco Recycling is Coordinator of the project, the designer and the builder of the pilot plant. The project started at 1 June 2014 and finished 31 August 2017.

Photolife project have been aimed:

  • to demonstrate in pilot scale the technical feasibility of an innovative process (developed on the base of laboratory scale experiments) for the automated and simultaneous treatment of the three main kinds of photovoltaic panels (Si-based, Cd-Te based and innovative panels as the CIGS);
  • to characterize the pilot plant products (glass and metals);
  • to determine the overall economic feasibility of the pilot plant process accounting also for the recovery of electronic equipment (printed circuit boards and other electronic equipment) and plastics.

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