CHANGCHUN, China, December. 11, 2019 /PVTIME/ -- The global solar panel recycling market is estimated to be valued at $80.7 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $269.8 million by 2023, witnessing a CAGR of 22.0% during the forecast period. Increasing adoption of solar power as a source of energy and favorable government regulations supporting sustainable development are the key factors driving the market growth. Solar panels are systems that provide solar energy-based electricity for different residential and commercial applications and are made up of glass, aluminum, synthetic materials, silicon, and other metals, which can be separated through the process of recycling, after the completion of the panels’ lifecycle.
Based on the method of recycling, the solar panel recycling
market has been categorized into thermal, mechanical, and laser processes. In
terms of value, mechanical process held the largest share in the market during
the historical period and is estimated to contribute more than 55.0% share to
the market in 2017. This can be attributed to the economical and
environment-friendly nature of the process.
Based on the solar panel type, the market has been
categorized into monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film. In value
terms, monocrystalline solar panels dominate the solar panel recycling market
and are estimated to contribute more than 50.0% share to the market in 2017.
The wide preference for monocrystalline solar panels is because of their
advantageous features like greater efficiency, superior grade material,
relatively higher space efficiency, longer shelf life, and excellent heat
resistance, as compared to other solar panels.
In terms of shelf life, the solar panel recycling market
has been categorized into normal loss and early loss. The early-loss shelf life
category held a larger revenue share in the market during the historical period
and is estimated to contribute more than 80.0% to the market in 2017. The early
weathering or degradation of solar panels due to maintenance issues,
unfavorable weather conditions, and lack of product standardization is the key
factor contributing to the larger share of this category in the market.
Geographically, Europe has been the largest market for
solar panel recycling in terms of value and is estimated to contribute more
than 40.0% share to the market in 2017. During the forecast period, however,
the solar panel recycling market is expected to witness the highest growth in
APAC. Stringent regulations of the government on solar panel waste management
and advancements in technology are driving the market growth in different
Panel Recycling Market Dynamics
Increasing demand for solar panels in emerging economies is
providing ample growth opportunities to the players in the market. Favorable
government regulations supporting sustainable development is a major factor
driving the solar panel recycling market growth.
Sustainable development refers to the controlled and
optimized use of resources to make them available for the current and future
generations, in addition to reducing related environmental hazards. Rise in
global sustainability concerns owing to the energy crisis faced by most of the
nations is supporting the use of renewable solar power as a source of energy.
The objective of reusing solar panels and their components and reducing their
environmental impact is best achieved by means of recycling. Thus, increasing
focus on sustainable development is supporting the growth of the solar panel
Several regulations, such as the European Waste Electrical
and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, lay down effective ways of managing
and reusing waste related to solar panels. Such regulations and directives are
being proposed by the governing bodies of various countries to encourage green
projects. In addition, governmental support in the form of subsidies and tax
benefits to service providers for taking up renewable energy projects is a
factor boosting the growth of the solar panel recycling market.
Growing adoption of solar panels in emerging economies,
such as India, China, and South Korea, is expected to create new growth avenues
for the solar panel recycling market players during the forecast period.
Increasing awareness on the benefits of solar power as a renewable source of
energy and rising environmental concerns in these countries are resulting in
the increased adoption of solar panels, which, in turn, is creating the need
for solar panel recycling. Companies in this market are penetrating into
untapped countries or regions to expand their operational footprints and gain a
larger market share.
In addition, new manufacturers and service providers are
also entering the solar panel recycling market owing to its potential growth
prospects. Continuous R&D to develop more efficient recycling methods and
technologies is offering new players ample opportunities to gain a competitive
edge in the industry. Altogether, these factors indicate that increasing
adoption of solar panels in emerging economies is expected to create growth
opportunities for the market players in the coming years.
Panel Recycling Market Competitive Landscape
Some of the major players operating in the global solar
panel recycling market are Silcontel Ltd., Rinovasol Group, Reiling GmbH &
Co. KG, ENVARIS GmbH, ECS Refining LLC, Reclaim PV Recycling Pty. Ltd., Silrec
Corporation, Canadian Solar Inc., Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited,
and First Solar Inc.
SOURCE: Prescient & Strategic