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Over 450K Solar Panels to Recycle in the next Decades



Over 450K Solar Panels to Recycle in the next Decades

As the solar industry continues to grow in Mauritius, with approximately 450,000 solar panels installed and a capacity of 127 MW, the need to address the issue of solar panel recycling is becoming increasingly pressing.

The lifespan of solar panels is typically between 20 to 30 years, but as more panels reach the end of their life, the problem of waste management is growing.

According to Neelam Ramrekha, founder of PV Solutions, a start-up that has developed a solution for the recycling and management of solar panels at the end of their life, the industry must take action now to minimize the production of waste.

“It is crucial to begin recycling solar panels immediately,” she said.

“However, it is paradoxical and counterproductive to continue exporting used panels to other regions, which goes against our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and compromise our commitment to a sustainable future.”

PV Solutions has developed a innovative solution that allows for the recovery of high-purity materials from used solar panels, reducing the need for extracting new raw materials.

The company’s approach is more efficient than traditional methods of breaking down solar panels, which often result in a loss of valuable materials.

The start-up has partnered with PV Cycle, a global company specializing in the collection and recycling of solar panels, to maximize its chances of success.

This collaboration will enable PV Solutions to benefit from PV Cycle’s expertise and advanced infrastructure, ensuring that its operations are both effective and environmentally friendly.

The partnership aims to increase the recovery rate of materials and reduce the environmental impact of the solar industry.

By promoting high standards of sustainability and efficiency, PV Solutions is helping to raise awareness about the importance of recycling solar panels.

La Turbine, a local organization that supports entrepreneurship and innovation, has recognized the importance of this initiative.

“This type of solution is a major step towards a more sustainable future,” said Diane Maigrot, Director General of La Turbine.

“Not only does it address current needs for waste management, but it also contributes to Mauritius’ energy transition.

By offering personalized support and access to our network of experts, we help start-ups like PV Solutions turn their ideas into concrete realities, bringing tangible benefits to our community and environment.”

In conclusion, the issue of solar panel recycling is a growing concern in Mauritius as the industry continues to grow.

PV Solutions’ innovative solution is offering a promising approach to minimizing waste and promoting sustainability in the sector.

By working together with local organizations and international partners, the start-up is helping to create a more environmentally friendly future for Mauritius.

Source: l’Express

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