The photovoltaic boom continues not only in Poland, but also throughout Europe, which also entails the need for recycling of PV panels. It is estimated that in Poland only in the coming years, over 100,000 will be disposed of or recycled – meaning tons of wasted photovoltaic installations.
Their producers and suppliers are becoming more and more aware of the growing problem. In Europe, the interest in recycling PV panels is huge at the moment. In six years, the value of this market on the Old Continent will triple.
According to SolarPower Europe, at the end of last year, the total installed capacity of solar farms in the 27 EU Member States was 137.2 GW. In just 12 months, almost 19 GW of power was added. It was the best annual result since 2011 (by 11%). By 2024, an almost two-fold increase is forecast – to the level of 252 GW (in the moderate scenario of this organization). The boom in photovoltaics, which has been going on for several years, will soon bring an increase in interest in the recycling of used panels.
“According to the estimates of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the value of the solar panel recycling market will grow very quickly in the coming years, mainly in Europe. We are talking about about 60-80 million tonnes of panels to be processed by 2050. The Polish market is much smaller, but if we take into account the panels installed only until 2010, we are already talking about 1.5 million tons of waste, which will soon be recycled” – emphasizes Marcin Karbowniczek, president of 2loop Tech.