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PHOtovoltaic waste management – advanced Technologies for recOvery and recycling of secondary RAw MAterials from end-of-life modules

Objective

Since the last decades, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) have been drastically increasing in Europe, particularly for recent technologies such as Photovoltaic (PV) devices. These products are designed as complex sandwiches, which make the recovery of the critical (Si, In, Ga) and precious (Ag) raw materials encapsulated in the layers extremely challenging.
The overall objective of PHOTORAMA is to draw up a profitable and sustainable circular value chain that will lead to a carbon neutral PV industry. PHOTORAMA will develop and demonstrate the industrial prospective of recycling solutions to recover and recycle all the materials ‘components from End-of-life PV panels. A complementary consortium of 13 European companies and research institutes has built the framework of PHOTORAMA as follow:
(1) the development of innovative processes and technologies from TRL4-5 to TRL7 to establish a sound recycling scheme to increase significantly resource efficiency with decisive cost-cutting solutions. The implementation of automated disassembly and sandwich opening as layer separation (MONDRAGON, DFD, CEA) enabling high-recovery (> 95%) of secondary raw materials: Ag, Si (SINTEF, CEA, IDENER) and In, Ga (LUXCHEMTECH) from EoL PV panels (crystalline silicon, thin films),
(2) the full-circularity approach emphasised from collection (PV CYCLE) to marketable new products from Si, In, Ga, Ag (RHP), glass (MALTHA) mainly for PV manufacturing (EGP),
(3) the demonstration of the business viability and attractiveness of its technological solutions (BIFA, ENEA) as one of the most competitive perspective for PV recycling.
PHOTORAMA will strengthen this ambitious model with environmental impacts assessments and a strategic dissemination and exploitation plan supported by a strong effort for raising societal awareness (ZSI). The implementation of PHOTORAMA recycling scheme would unlock already more than 100,000 tons of valuable secondary raw materials by 2030.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCCI-2020-EASME-twostage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 532 341

Participants (12)

ENEL GREEN POWER SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 785 706,25
Address
Viale Regina Margherita 125
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 181 687,50
Address
Poligono Industrial Bainetxe 5A
20550 Aretxabaleta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PV CYCLE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 153 753,25
Address
13 Rue Du Quatre-septembre
75002 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RHP TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 375 987,50
Address
Forschungszentrum Seibersdorf Gebaude Ca
2444 Seibersdorf An Der Leitha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LUXCHEMTECH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 128 855,88
Address
Alfred Lange Strasse 18
09599 Freiberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MALTHA GLASRECYCLAGE BELGIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 232 032,50
Address
Fabrieksstraat 114
3920 Lommel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SINTEF AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 588 816,25
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 400 133,75
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
DFD - DENSE FLUID DEGREASING
France
EU contribution
€ 771 540
Address
149 Avenue Du Brezet
63100 Clermont-ferrand
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IDENER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AGRUPACION DE INTERES ECONOMICO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 423 437,50
Address
Calle Early Ovington 24-8
41300 La Rinconada Sevilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
BIFA UMWELTINSTITUT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 418 250
Address
Am Mittleren Moss 46
86167 Augsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 389 125
Address
Linke Wienzeile 246
1150 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations