International Journal of Photoenergy / 2017 / Article / Tab 1

Research Article

Economic Feasibility for Recycling of Waste Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Modules

Table 1

Input values [20, 22].


Unitary collection cost210 €/ton
Unitary conferred materials cost90 €/ton
Unitary investment cost270 €/ton
Unitary process cost320 €/ton
Unitary taxes cost36%
Rate of inflation2%
Mass/module of conferred material128 kg/ton plastics
Mass/module of recycled material175 kg/ton Al; 10 kg/ton Cu; 29 kg/ton Si; 658 kg/ton glass
Lifetime of investment10 y
Period of loan10 y
Purity level of recycled material100%
Price of recycled material1.6 €/kg Al; 4.9 €/kg Cu; 1.4 €/kg Si; 0.1 €/kg glass
Opportunity cost of capital5%
Interest rate on a loan3%
Size2000 tons
Yield of recycled material100% Al; 78% Cu; 85% Si; 97% glass

Materials composition in 1 ton of crystalline Si PV modules: 17.5% Al, 65.8% glass, 2.9% Si, 1% Cu, and 12.8% plastics.

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