COVEME - The Value Of Innovation
June 2017

Groundbreaking Fraunhofer Umsicht study on EOL and LCA impact of backsheets

PV panel waste presents an environmental challenge which can be transformed into an financial opportunity. To do so, the evaluation of PV module components and their economic and environmental impact in various end-of-life scenarios, is fundamental.
This recently published paper by the renown German Fraunhofer Umsicht Institute is the first study to offer an in-depth analysis of the enviromental impact of backsheets in terms of life cycle and end-of-life disposal, with a focus on hazardous substances such as fluoropolymers and their behaviour in the disposal processes of incinceration and pyrolysis.