Recycling of photovoltaic panels by physical operations

Giuseppe Granata, F. Pagnanelli, E. Moscardini, T. Havlik, L. Toro

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Abstract

Recycling of polycrystalline silicon, amorphous silicon and CdTe photovoltaic panels was investigated by studying two alternative routes made up of physical operations: two blade rotors crushing followed by thermal treatment and two blade rotors crushing followed by hammer crushing. Size distribution, X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence analysis of obtained products were carried out in order to evaluate their properties as valuable products. Results showed that for all kinds of investigated photovoltaic modules the two blade rotors crushing followed by hammer crushing and eventually by a thermal treatment of d>1 mm fractions, was the best option aiming to a direct recovery of glass.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-248
Number of pages10
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Volume123
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mass balances
  • Photovoltaic panels
  • Physical pretreatment
  • Pilot tests
  • Recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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    Granata, G., Pagnanelli, F., Moscardini, E., Havlik, T., & Toro, L. (2014). Recycling of photovoltaic panels by physical operations. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 123, 239-248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2014.01.012