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India ramps up solar panel recycling capacity

Consultancy Sofies India has joined the Solar Waste Action Plan (SWAP) pilot to investigate the feasibility of recycling photovoltaic solar panels.

The innovative project, funded by Netherlands-based Signify Foundation and Doen Foundation, aims to enhance solar panel recycling practices in India. It wants to boost daily capacity to at least 150 tonnes of PV panel waste by May 2022.

An important SWAP milestone was setting up a pilot plant in Gummidipoondi in Tamil Nadu with a daily processing capacity of 2.5 tonnes. The site is operated by recycling firm Poseidon Solar and became fully operational in September.

As a next step, the facility’s semi-automated recycling line will be upgraded to maximise processing capacity. Funding will also go towards helping India’s electronics recyclers tap into the growing PV recycling market.

Solar energy counts as a major industry in India. The nation is currently hosting 42 solar parks with total installed capacity exceeding 35 700 MW last year.

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