SESHA 2013 Symposium Abstract

PV End of Life Management: Looming Crisis or Environmental Opportunity?

Larson, Jim
(EORM, San Jose, CA)

The issue of managing photovoltaic (PV) modules at the end of their useful life is not a new issue. With millions of solar modules being installed each year around the globe, and the high potential for miss-management during disposal, solar module manufacturers are receiving mounting pressure from external stakeholders regarding their liabilities through end of life management. This presentation will review current best management strategies and emerging technologies through benchmarking practices for managing end of life PV, including: reuse, recycling and disposal options. Current and pending environmental regulations and voluntary consortium approaches will also be reviewed. This presentation will share benchmarking information from PV manufacturers regarding current practices and will offer strategies for success.