Circular Economy in Photovoltaics

Garvin Heath, Etienne Drahi

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


The photovoltaic (PV) industry is advancing towards a circular economy (CE), emphasizing the crucial role of sustainability in PV technology. This progression entails adopting practices that extend the lifespan of PV modules, motivated by a commitment to CE principles and alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Tackling the challenges to achieve circularity is essential. Moreover, the goals of IEA-PVPS Task 12 are to enhance the environmental profile of PV electricity, highlighting the industry's dedication to the environmental, economic, and policy dimensions of CE.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

NREL's Garvin Heath is a task manager of IEA PVPS Task 12

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-6A20-88936


  • circularity
  • recycling
  • repair
  • reuse
  • solar


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