Objective

Millions of Photovoltaic Panels (PV) modules have been installed worldwide over the past three decades without implementation of a circular value-chain by now. In order to keep the containing critical and precious metals in the loop, RESIELP brings together technologies from different fields to recover and purify critical and precious raw materials (Si, Ag) as well as by-product materials (glass, Al, Cu) in an environmentally friendly and circular economic process with a product-centric zero-waste approach.

The solution (technology)

The project involves several industrial partners, ready to push the technology to market within 3 years after the end of the project, when the EoL PV market starts to grow fast. TRL 7 will be reached at the end of the project (beginning of 2020) and TRL 9 within another 3 years (2023), when the European market growth start is expected. Added value is represented by multiple potential end users, inside and outside PV value chain, making the pilot case a great example of circular economy demonstrator.

Partnership

  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA (French Alternative  Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), France (Lead Partner)
  • Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA), Italy
  • Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research, Hungary
  • Centro di Ricerche Europeo di Tecnologie, Design e Materiali (CETMA), Italy
  • I.T.O. srl, Italy
  • Magyarmet (MAGY), Hungary
  • PROJEKTkompetenz.eu – Gesellschaft für Projektentwicklung und management m.b.H. (PROKO), Germany
  • Relight S.R.L., Italy
  • Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padova), Italy