Support for research into end-of-life issues for solar panels

The Australian Government is partnering with some of the nation's universities to support new research projects that include addressing end-of-life issues for solar PV panels.

The solar PV sector in Australia does not currently have a sustainable solution for managing used solar panels at the end of their life.

The government is providing $15.14 million through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support research teams at 6 Australian universities.

The research aims to address end-of-life solar PV issues by focusing on reducing the cost of sustainably managing panels at the end of their life, either through better upfront design, increasing the value of recovered materials, or by repurposing recycled components.

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, said, ‘Managing used solar panels at the end of their life is an emerging issue and why the government is backing Australian researchers to find ways to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of solar PV technologies while also reducing waste.’

Funding has been awarded to research teams at the Australian National University, Macquarie University, University of Melbourne, University of NSW, University of Sydney and Swinburne University.

For more information, see the Minister’s media release.