First Solar recycles old panels into new ones

Tierr@_de_N@die: One of the main drawbacks of the solar energy are all the problems concerning the life cycle of the solar panels. Now one company seems to show that this is not longer the case.

By recycling materials, the total environmental impact of each panel drops. The original solar panel, Wade says, might last 30 or even 40 years. If 95% of the semiconductor material can be recovered and put back in a new panel, and the cycle continues to repeat, the original material could stay in use as long as 1,200 years. At the moment, because of the huge demand for solar panels and the fact that many haven’t yet reached the end of their life, the total percentage of recycled material in the company’s new panels is low. But it will grow over time.

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