Announcements & Opportunities

Recovery and Recycling of End of Life Solar PV Panels/Modules

The global surge in solar electricity adoption has led to a creation of photovoltaic (PV) module installations, but this growth poses a challenge in effectively managing end-of-life disposal. With projections indicating that 60-78 million tons of PV waste could accumulate by 2050 due to their 25-30 year lifespan, there's an urgent need for robust recovery and recycling strategies. In India, the National Solar Mission has accelerated PV installations, expected to reach 270 GW by 2030 from 69 GW in 2023, heightening concerns about PV waste management, primarily ending up in landfills. Given that crystalline silicon panels dominate the PV market, accounting for over 95% share, significant waste is expected from this type. To mitigate environmental impact and transition to a circular economy, comprehensive recycling processes across the PV value chain are imperative, facilitating resource recovery and circularity.

Eligibility: The proposals have to be submitted in the institute – industry / user partnership only. The proposals are to be led by faculties/ scientists working in regular position in recognized academic institutions, public funded R&D Institution/ Laboratories, DSIR recognized SIRO organization in partnership with other academic/ R&D organisation, state line departments, S&T based voluntary organisation, etc. Participation of industries/ start-ups and industry association is strongly recommended. The role of industry in the proposal should be tangible and it should show interest in promoting or encouraging the developed technology. The company/industry has to be willing to contribute in the form of industry attributable technical inputs and resources in kind. Cash contribution will be added advantage.

 Last date: Sunday, June 30, 2024