PV manufacturing has been growing over the past 10 years and further annual growth of 15% is expected until 2020. A study on positioning a grand plan for solar power shows how vast PV arrays and other renewable energies can provide significant amount of electricity and total energy needs by 2050. Various new PV technologies have been introduced in the market and existing technologies have undergone further development. How all these developments will affect the fate of the end-of-life PV modules is uncertain. In addition, the market price of some rare earth materials utilized in the manufacturing of the various PV technologies has exponentially increased in the past five years. Therefore, it is necessary to set a proactive strategic recycling plan for the treatment of the disposed PV wastes.
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Choi, Jun-Ki, "End-of-Life Management of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Module" (2013). Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Faculty Publications. 239.