Recycling of Non-Silicon Based PV

For CI(G)S and CdTe photovoltaic (PV) modules specific recycling technologies have been developed.

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In 2012, CI(G)S PV modules constituted up to approximately 16% of all PV modules collected and treated by PV CYCLE.

Most commonly these recycling processes employ chemical baths to delaminate and separate the different PV module components:

  • Shredding (optional)
  • Solubilising in a chemical bath
  • Detaching (optional)
  • Sorting of the materials
  • Further processing in dedicated glass and semiconductor recycling facilities

Up to 95% of the materials used in these modules can be recovered for use in new materials.