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Recycle Solar Panels

When solar panels fail they are classed as e-waste and fall under the European WEEE Directive (The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive). Solar Panel waste cannot be dumped into land fill and must be disposed of responsibly through a licenced waste facility who is permitted to recycle photovoltaic (PV) waste.

Recycle Solar Technologies Limited operates under licence from the UK Environmental Agency. Profits from the recycling process are invested back into the community to help reduce fuel poverty.

 

“Fuel poverty should be addressed at its root causes through greater societal action on energy efficiency and poverty reduction”

Energy UK

 

Recycle Solar Technologies is committed to providing smart energy solutions for fuel-poor households by installing Solar PV and other energy saving products. These products are installed at no cost to the owner as they are derived from the profits of our recycling process.

This solution helps complete the cycle …. Cradle - Cradle


Recycle Solar PV (Photovoltaic) Panels 

As solar energy becomes a more and more popular green energy source across the UK, we feel that it is increasingly important to provide a viable waste management service for solar panels that have reached the end of their PV life cycle. Without recycling programs and safe disposal methods in place, we are creating a problem for future generations. Recycling renewable technology just makes sense!

 

Why Recycle Your Solar Panels? 

Here we will explain the numerous benefits, both environmentally and economically, of why choosing to recycle your end of life PV panels is the best option to maximise the efficiency of your solar energy system.

 

Environmental Benefits of Disposal and Recycling Solar Panels 

Recycling solar panels has a number of environmental benefits. The first is that it creates a useful and sustainable method of disposing of panels that have reached the end of their useful PV lifespan. Recycling solar panels also provides raw materials for repurposing and reprocessing.

 

Cost Savings of Recycling Solar Panels

For installers and engineers, the cost of the disposal of panels can add up. Due to the WEEE directive, solar panels are considered a specialist waste product which needs disposing of in a specific way; We can take the unwanted panels (our fees are outlined below), cutting costs throughout the process which can ultimately lead to a less expensive project for the consumer.

 

Making PV Solar Panel Production Safer 

Photovoltaic panels and modules often contain small amounts of environmentally toxic metals and elements (e.g. Lead, Selenium, Cadmium) which, if not carefully disposed of, can create environmental hazards. Recycling can recover up to 90% of the photovoltaic glass and also up to 95% of the semiconductor material necessary for further production.

 

Ensuring Solar Energy Can Be Sustainable

Another benefit of recycling solar panels is that it creates a more sustainable energy solution. As solar panels become more ubiquitous, there is a danger of some PV materials becoming less and less available. Without recycling, there is no way that we will be able to maintain solar panel production on a grand scale. This will increase the cost of solar panels which will then price them out of the market.

 

How End of Life PV Panels are Recycled 

  • PV Solar panels are stripped of their aluminium edging strips and the cable connector block is removed.
  • Solar panels are cut shredded into large pieces before being crushed by a hammer mill into pieces typically between 6mm and 10mm. This is to break the laminated surface bond.
  • The semiconductor films are removed in a slow rotating leach drum which usually takes around 4–6 hours. Weak sulphuric acid and hydrogen peroxide is added to the glass to achieve an optimal solid-liquid ratio. During this continuous process, the films are stripped from the glass
  • All the fragmented glass is separated out from the liquid in a classifier separator.
  • The remaining material is then moved to a vibrating screen, separating the glass from the larger laminated pieces (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate EVA pieces). The EVA is moved into another conveyor and collected. The glass then separates and falls through a screen into a chute where it is taken to wash off the corrosive liquids.
  • After being washed clean, the glass is moved into containers for recycling and the rinse water is pumped to a precipitation tank for the recovery of metals.
  • The collected metal compounds are precipitated in three stages at increasing levels of pH using sodium hydroxide. When the solids have settled and has formed into a dense solid mixture, it is sent off for processing where it can be processed into semiconductor grade raw material for use in new solar modules.

Using these recycling processes 90% of the glass and 95% of the semiconductor materials can be extracted for use in new solar PV panels.

 

 


Our charge for PV Solar Panel Recycling :

All prices exclude VAT

Damaged Panels (cracked, bent, chipped, shattered)

Palletised* - £115 per pallet, (maximum of 25 panels per pallet)

Single or non-palletised** - £6 each per panel (Handling charge £55.00 per load)

 

 

Contact us if you require collection

O&M Energy Contractors / Insurance Companies

Service agreements for renewable energy contractors and insurance companies are available.

 

Council Waste Collection Centers

Dedicated collection points can be placed in existing waste management centers.

 

Solar Panel Exchange Programme (Solar-PX)

Recycling PV panels is free of charge when exchanging old panels for new through us.

Fire damaged or part panels

Price on application

SHIPPING INFORMATION - Please read carefully

*Packing Details (If forklift is on site): A maximum of 25 solar panels per pallet will need to be securely shrink wrapped to a suitable pallet and then banded (metal or plastic) at 2 points. Maximum pallet height of 1200 mm. Maximum pallet weight 1000kg. We reserve the right to refuse any pallets that do not conform with our guidelines or additional charges may be levied.  

Unfortunately we cannot return pallets or strapping materials.

 **Packing Details (If no forklift is on site - eg. solar farm): We collect from your location via our dedicated transport and labour team. We will need good access to the site for our collection vehicle, modules must be in an area free of obstacles & contamination, within reasonable walking distance to the loading area.

  

Arrange Collection

Contact us today and let us take the hassle of removing your damaged or unwanted solar panels. Our experienced collection team will visit your location and collect your loose broken panels and load them onto our dedicated vehicle. Our team operates UK wide and can schedule a collection when it suits you best.

Deliver Direct

Please email us at contact@recyclesolar.org.uk with your name or company name, address and quantity of PV solar panels you wish to recycle, we will then send you an invoice for immediate payment.

On receipt of your payment we will respond back with an Order Acknowledgement confirming your payment and the quantity of solar panels to be recycled. You can then organise your delivery to arrive with us during normal working hours 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday excluding bank holidays. Please email us your shipping details at least 48 hours in advance of delivery. Prices are offered based on information provided however these will be subject to change if waste varies in composition or physical form from the information initially supplied.

Get a Quote

You can download the quotation request form by clicking the link below...

Simply print out the form and fill in your requiremnents, scan or photograph the completed form and email back to contact@recyclesolar.org.uk and a member of our team will get back to you.

Telephone: 01724 304 305