PV Industries have been profiled by Inside Waste in their June issue of the magazine.
The article, Solar waste startup develops recycling solution, explains issues faced in solar panel recycling and PV Industries partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to develop local recycling technology.
Claire Moffat writes, “Paradoxically, it is the growth in investment into solar panels which is also causing an increase in waste, and according to PV Industries co-founder James Petesic, little thought has been given to how waste from renewable technologies should be managed and processed.”
The shorter than expected life span of a panel is also raised as an issue facing waste management and increases the need for solar pane recycling.
“(Petesic) said that there was also a common misconception that solar panels will last 20 to 25 years, however PV Industries are seeing panels coming off roofs after only 10 years and even earlier in certain circumstances.”
The editor continues by focusing on the partnership with the UNSW, which includes investigating testing processes, exploring end markets and developing new recycling solutions.
“UNSW’s School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering, Researcher Dr Richard Corkish said “Together, we hope to deliver holistic, innovative and cost-reducing recycling solutions for the Australian market.”