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Making New Solar Panels From Old Ones – The New Way To Create Value From Waste

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Materials thrown to dump sites remain there for years. Some can emit dangerous chemicals that pose health risks. There needs to be a way to dispose of these materials safely and efficiently, and this is what environmentalists have been thinking about for years.

As for the trash themselves, there are many out there that can be recycled to make new materials. Then, there are some that can simply be fixed and revived. It’s all a matter of planning so that you know what to do with the accumulated waste.

An American company called Solar Cycle has taken on the task of transforming broken solar panels from landfill waste to raw materials that are crucial to making more solar panels. This is perfect because there is now a trend of transition to renewable energy. This is how we can make a planet more green, and during this change, there is an unprecedented need of solar panels and batteries in large volumes.

Solar Cycle knows that in order to make this transition possible, a circular economy is needed wherein key materials and components present can be used and reused. The faster we can make the change, the better the climate will be because companies won’t need to turn to mining companies that only destroy nature’s raw materials.

Materials such as copper, aluminum, silver, and silicon are all recovered from panels once they reach the end lifecycle, and with the company’s new recycling practices, they are able to reduce all these to just 2 percent of their original weight.

A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency in 2016. They saw that by the mid 2030s, it is highly possible that millions of metric tons of solar panels will be decommissioned. If no one would be able to think of a way to economically recycle them, they would simply

Materials thrown to dump sites remain there for years. Some can emit dangerous chemicals that pose health risks. An American company called Solar Cycle has taken on the task of transforming broken solar panels from landfill waste to raw materials that are crucial to making more solar panels.

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