Energy transition and decarbonization

26 April: Photovoltaic Panels Recycling Workshop

According to the IRENA report “End of Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels“, by 2050, the volume of waste from photovoltaic panels generated could represent a large stock of raw materials and other valuable components if it is well managed.

What business opportunities can it suppose?

It is estimated that the waste from photovoltaic panels, mainly composed of glass and metal, could amount to 78 million tons worldwide by the year 2050. If these are injected completely back into the economy, the value of the recovered material could exceed the 15,000 million dollars.

In the framework of the European project ELSi, SOLARTYS invites you to the first “Workshop for PV Recycling”, where you will get first hand results of the European project on solar panel recycling. You will discover initiatives that are being carried out within this topic and discuss opportunities with different agents and institutions that can be generated by the sector. A representative of the European Commission will be attending.


Where: Leitat, C/ de la Innovació 2 (Terrassa). (How to get there)

When: Thursday 26 of April 2018


09:00h – 9:30h – Welcome
09:30h – 12:00h – ELSi project results

09:30h – 10:00h – ELSi concept – Mr. Carsten Pietzka (Fraunhofer)
10:00h – 10.30h – PV recycling: Technology and recovery – Mr Fabian Geltz (Geltz Umwelttechnologie)

10:30h – 10:45h – Coffee break

10:45 – 11:15h – Estimating PV Wastes, Legal Aspects & Logistics – Ms. Anne Niegel/Mr. Julian Glowalla (SUEZ)
11:15 – 11:45h – Market studies (Revatech/Variata)

11:45 – 12:00h – Q&A and ELSi project conclusions

12:00 – 12:30h – Overview PV recycling system in Spain – Ms. Virginia Blasco (Recyclia – Spanish node of PV CYCLE)
12:30 – 13:00h – Catalan innovative initiatives in waste treatment– Ms. María Vidal (Catalan Waste Agency)

13:00h – 14:00h – Lunch

14:00h – 14:30h – Product Environmental Footprint of PV electricity generation– Ms. Cristina Gazulla (Lavola)
14:30h – 15:00h – Mobile device for PV panel recycling – Ms. Marta Escamilla (Leitat Technological Center)

15:00h – 15:30h – Q&A and wrap up