How solar systems get a second life

Revolutionary. CIRCUSOL project starts where others stop: recycling solar installations and extending the life of products.

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Eco-innovations for PV pannels

Within the CIRCUSOL project where the aim is to enhance and enable further circularity within the solar industry, Solitek is taking steps into the design of a panel.

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Circular business models for photovoltaics and batteries

Partners from Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) share their insights on the second life for batteries and storage.

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How is the market for 2nd life batteries evolving?

The experts from SNAM bring an insight into the future of 2nd life batteries.

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New business opportunities for the PV industry

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An envisioned circular solar power system

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Legal consideration for Solar as a Service (I)

The upcoming series of five articles by Emilie Verbeure examinea which legal problems can arise within the product-service system specifically applied in the photovoltaic sector.

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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.

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Service-based business models for circular economy in the solar power sector

 

 

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By 2030...

  • will be discarded as "waste"
  • will be removed from EV
  • can be provided by second-life PV
  • can be provided by second-life batteries

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