Brussels -- PV Cycle today announced that it will close the first quarter of 2012 with more than 1,000 tonnes of collected end-of-life PV modules. Compared to previous years, this is a significant first quarter performance and demonstrates the capabilities of Europe’s only collective take-back and recycling program for PV modules.
"2012 started exceptionally well and we see that module owners throughout Europe start to really benefit from our comprehensive collection services", explains Dr. Virginia Gomez, Head of Technology and Operations at PV Cycle. "Yet, forecasting future waste streams remains difficult in the PV industry. PV Cycle not only collects PV modules that reached their technical lifetime of 30 years but also warranty and guaranty cases as well as PV modules that were damaged during transport or installation."
In 2011, the association collected more than 1,400 tonnes, resulting in a collection rate of approximately 70 percent. Having set the standard in its industry, PV Cycle aims to collect at least 85 percent of the end-of-life PV modules arising in Europe. "We continue to expand our take-back infrastructure in order to meet this ambitious goal", Mr. Jan Clyncke, Managing Director at PV Cycle, said.
Founded in 2007 as a non-for-profit association, PV Cycle ensures that its members’ discarded end-of-life photovoltaic modules are collected and recycled in a sustainable and cost-effective way. In order to implement the PV industry’s commitment to sustainable end-of-life management, PV Cycle started as a voluntary industry initiative and aims to become a WEEE-compliant scheme. Quelle: PV CYCLE aisbl