Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Borrows Experience of EU Experts to Explore New Business Opportunities in Solar Energy Circular Economy


TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Media OutReach – 24 August 2021 – The lifespan of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels can reach 30 years, if not properly disposed of, it is expected that the cumulative amount of global solar module waste will reach 8 million tons by 2030. How to incorporate waste solar modules into the circular economic model is a major issue. With the support of the Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) innovated the “Easy-Dismantled PV Module” and reinvented the solar module. ITRI introduced easy-to-dismantle materials and new structure designs in the upstream manufacturing end of the solar module value chain, enabling the complete dismantling of waste solar panels, greatly increasing the value of solar module recycling.