The Circusol project was established in August 2018 with the aim of fostering business models that demonstrate the circular economy within the solar industry. Tom Rommens from the Flemish sustainability research group Vito serves as the Circusol coordinator. He reports that with a wave of PV products at end of life forming, Circusol’s five demonstration projects are providing insights into how circular-economy principles can be applied to PV.
Sustainability is undoubtedly the prime motive for the very existence of the solar industry. After having rolled out some 600 GW globally, there are new challenges ahead. It is not enough to simply surpass fossil fuels in terms of environmental outcomes, but efforts have to be made to make solar sustainable – period. In the EU, a range of new projects and legislative acts determine the direction, with some suppliers of solar products already undergoing the process of identifying the sustainability hotspots.
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