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Annick Anctil and Vasilis Fthenakis Critical metals in strategic photovoltaic technologies: abundance versus recyclability Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 21

Article first published online: 13 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2308

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This work explores the material recycling potential of various commercial and under development photovoltaic technologies. It sheds light on a dimension of sustainability that has not been investigated before. Based on entropy analyses, documented by the experience of recycling electronic products, we show that recycling of some types of PV modules that are based on “abundant” materials could be burdened by complexity and lack of value, creating, therefore, concerns associated with both end-of life environmental impacts and resource availability.

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