Over $15M Awarded To Research Projects Tackling Solar PV Waste

Source: Waste Management Review.

The Federal Government is partnering with leading Australian universities to support new research projects addressing end-of-life issues for solar PV panels.

A total of $15.14 million has been awarded through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support research teams at six Australian universities. This is the first time ARENA has funded projects to address end-of-life solar PV issues.

According to Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor, Australia’s solar PV sector does not currently have a sustainable solution for managing used solar panels at the end of their life.

With around 12 gigawatts of small-scale solar PV systems and over 5.7 gigawatts of large-scale solar now installed in Australia, Taylor said developing end-of-life options is critical to minimising future waste problems.

“Managing used solar panels at the end of their life is an emerging issue and why the government is backing Australian researchers to find ways to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of solar PV technologies, while also reducing waste,” he said.

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