Joint take-back and recycling scheme for Japanese PV market

Joint take-back and recycling scheme for Japanese PV market

PV CYCLE aisbl and the Akita Prefectural Resources Technology Development Organization (Akita PRTDO) announced today the creation of PV CYCLE Japan for the collective management of discarded photovoltaic panels, which introduces a sustainable concept for the end of life management of photovoltaic panels in Japan. PV CYCLE and Akita PRTDO entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2020, regarding the establishment of PV CYCLE JAPAN. Following subsequent discussion under the MoU, Akita PRTDO established PV CYCLE Japan as one of its divisions on January 12, 2021, with PV CYCLE assuming an important role in the establishment of PV CYCLE Japan. The initial activity of PV CYCLE JAPAN is to serve as the point of contact for a feasibility study on the collection of discarded PV panels for Ministry of the Environment, Japan, the main purpose of which is to promote reusing and recycling of discarded PV panels.PV CYCLE Japan shall serve as a point of contact for the management of discarded PV panels, shall be in charge of the verification of waste management companies, which handle discarded PV panels and will collect, consolidate and publish statistical data on discarded PV panels. «Today, the know-how and the fourteen years’ experience of PV CYCLE in collecting and treating discarded PV panels is a major asset in addressing the environmental challenges of PV panels waste in Japan, which currently has nearly 67 GW installed.» said Jan Clyncke, CEO of PV CYCLE.

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