As PV system installations continue to ramp up across the United States, the process for handling used and expired PV modules in the next 20-30 years would benefit from serious planning and forethought. This session will explore the major issues related to developing and establishing an operational recycling program for PV modules in the U.S. The discussion will also address key areas of interest: the current status of PV recycling in the U.S. and abroad; value of PV recycling; challenges and barriers to developing PV recycling programs; and lessons learned from related industry-specific recycling efforts.
Morris E. Fine Junior Professor, Northwestern University
Director of Recycling, First Solar
Senior Scientist, NREL Strategic Energy Analysis Center