Circular Solutions in the PV Industry – Live Event in Brussels

Navigating Recycling Challenges and Critical Raw Material Dependencies

When: 23rd May, 2024 , 14:00 – 16:30 

Where: Rue Ravenstein 4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Thanks to PV module’s average lifetime of about thirty years, the European PV industry has not yet been facing waste streams that would accelerate a proactive integration of circular economy principles. However, this situation is expected to shift significantly, with the anticipated substantial increase in PV waste volume. In response to this impending challenge, there is a pressing need to advance PV recycling technologies and the same time reduce dependencies on critical raw materials.

Join us on May 23rd, in Brussels, for an interactive workshop co-hosted by the two Horizon Europe Projects, ReSilex and EVERPV, to discuss advancing circular solutions in the PV industry. This collaborative workshop will bring together stakeholders from research, policy, and industry to explore innovative approaches to enhance recycling techniques within the PV sector and reduce raw material dependencies. Through project presentations, discussions on the Critical Raw Materials Act, and interactive breakout sessions this workshop will offer participants to exchange insights, identify challenges, and propose solutions aligned with EU policy objectives.

This workshop will take place in the framework of the annual conference of the European
Technology and Innovation Platform
, taking place on 22 nd and 23 rd of May in Brussels. If you are
interested in joining the conference you can register for free here.

Register using this Microsoft Forms


14:00 Welcome and introduction to the activities (10’)

Welcoming words by Hanna Dittmar, SolarPower Europe

14:10 Panel discussion on Critical Raw Materials and PV circularity (45’)

Input presentations:

  • Critical Raw Materials Act and reducing the dependency on primary (critical) raw materials through the circular use of resources, European Commission
  • Presentation of the Resilex project, Francisco J. Luque, coordinator of Resilex, Iberian Sustainable Mining Cluster
  • Presentation of the EVERPV project, Jérémie Aimé, coordinator of EVERPV, CEA

Q&A (10’)

15:05 Breaking into groups and introduction to the activities (15’)

15:20 Workshop (50’)

Workshop attendees will be divided into groups to discuss how the projects can contribute to EU policy objectives. The audience will be divided in 3 topical groups: (1) scaling up the technology, (2) closed loop recycling (within the PV industry), (3) open loop recycling (with other industries).

16:10 Presentation of findings and open discussion (20’)

16:30 Closing (10’)

Closing words by Claire Morin, SolarPower Europe