"One of Australia’s first solar PV recycling facilities is up and running in
Melbourne’s north, with video footage posted on LinkedIn on Wednesday showing
the panel-crushing plant in action.
The plant, which was completed last September in Thomastown by Melbourne based
co-operative Lotus Energy, claims to recycle 100% of end-of-life solar PV
modules and all associated materials recovered – inverters, cables, optimisers,
mounting structures – using no chemicals.
Lotus Energy confirmed this week’s operational milestone with RenewEconomy on
Thursday, with more details on the plant’s capabilities and the company’s plans
Lotus Energy also claims the title of Australia’s first dedicated solar panel
recycling facility, although it is likely to be followed closely by Reclaim PV
Recycling, which in February locked in plans to develop its first processing
facility in the industrial Adelaide suburb of Lonsdale, in South Australia.
Another company, Melbourne-based Elecsome, in 2020 won a federal government
grant to set up its own “first of its kind” solar panel upcycling plant – an
initiative being led by industrial manufacturing company Ojas Group in
partnership with RMIT and the University of Melbourne."
Yes, solar panels are 100% recyclable.
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