Current PV and battery systems are still conceived from a linear perspective, neglecting a possible second use for other applications and creating waste. In order to increase or maintain the value of existing and new power solutions, the solutions provided by CIRCUSOL need to be conceived, installed and operated with a circular model in mind.
CIRCUSOL strives to describe technological innovations to enhance the circularity of the PV modules, and the financial implications within a business context. The project aims to demonstrate innovative circular solar power solutions to create awareness and provide tangible information for producers, manufacturers and service providers.
This review study introduces the relevant research groundwork, a status overview and today's R&D and business challenges in PV recycling, repair/refurbishment and re‐certification aspects for second‐life PV modules.
Computer simulation can assist decision-makers in assessing the PV/battery ecosystem from a business/customer perspective, as well as from a broader economic perspective.
In a future circular economy, new business models are needed that slow, close and narrow resource loops to address key resource and climate challenges.
The new coordinator of CIRCUSOL H2020 project, Tom Rommens, talks about PV waste, the sector’s biggest challenges, and waste legislation.
Circular business models for the
solar power industry
Solar photovoltaic (PV) and electric vehicle (EV) have been two key engines powering the energy transition. As the numbers of PV and EV on the market rise, resource efficiency is becoming an increasingly critical factor for the long-term success of these sectors. Circular economy and renewable, clean energy need to go hand in hand, to safeguard a truly sustainable transition towards a low-carbon future.
CIRCUSOL is an Innovation Action project funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission. CIRCUSOL wants to unleash the full potential of circular business models, in particular Product-Service Systems (PSS), in simultaneously delivering real environmental, economic and user benefits. By that, CIRCUSOL aims to establish solar power as a spearhead sector in demonstrating a path driven by service-based businesses towards a circular economy in Europe.
Service-based business models for circular economy in the solar power sector
- will be discarded as "waste"
- will be removed from EV
- can be provided by second-life PV
- can be provided by second-life batteries