Lotus Energy, Australia's first solar panel recycling facility in Thomastown, Melbourne, is now in operation. The plant recycles 100 percent of end-of-life solar PV modules using no chemicals.
Solar panels typically have a shelf-life of two to three decades, but are very challenging to recycle due to the hazardous metals added to the silicon of the cells to improve their efficacy. Lotus Energy aims to rectify this problem with its chemical-free recycling method.
The first solar recycling plant in Europe was opened in 2018 in France by waste group Veolia.
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