Fraunhofer IWKS
2022-06-29 Neuchâtel Workshop

Towards a Holistic Approach for PV Recycling

Workshop of the project ReSi-Norm – Standardization of Recycling Processes for Silicon Solar Modules
Start date 2022-06-29 12:30
End date 2022-06-29 17:00
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Target groups

This workshop is addressed to representatives from recycling companies, distributing companies, refiners and R&D communities.


EPFL Microcity
Room B1 303
Rue de la Maladière 71B
2000 Neuchâtel


Solar energy plays a major role in the renewable energy mix. Even though the lifetime of PV modules is quite long and they remain in operation for up to 30 years, they will have to be disposed of at some point and, in the best case, recycled.

Already today, different processes and concepts for the recycling of discarded PV modules are in use. However, due to a lack of standardization of recycling processes for PV modules, the full potential of recycling cannot be exploited. A holistic approach for solar module recycling is being realized in the project ReSi-Norm, which covers all factors for standardization along the entire materials cycle.

During this workshop, the partners of the project ReSi-Norm will give an overview of the current state-of-the-art in PV recycling and present the results of the experiments on different recycling processes done in the project. Furthermore, gaps in current standards and how to address them will be discussed with the audience.

The project receives public funding from the German WIPANO program.


  • 12:30 – 12:40  Welcome and Introduction
    Alexandra Fabricius, DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies
  • 12:40 – 13:15  The State of the Art in PV Recycling
    Norbert Lenck, VDE Renewables GmbH
  • 13:15 – 13:55  Results from Practical Application and Research
    Daniel Horn, Fraunhofer IWKS
    Benjamin Hagelgans, Hensel Recycling GmbH
  • 13:55 – 14:15  Overview of the Status Quo in Standardization
    Alexandra Fabricius, DKE
  • 14:15 – 15:15  Breakout Session: Gaps in Standardization
    What is needed for a holistic approach to PV recycling?
  • 15:15 – 16:00  Coffee Break
  • 16:00 – 16:30  Presentation of Results from the Breakout Sessions
    Session Moderators
  • 16:30 – 16:55  Standardization Activities of the Project ReSi-Norm
    Norbert Lenck, VDE Renewables GmbH
  • 16:55 – 17:00  Wrap-up
    Alexandra Fabricius, DKE
Additional prices
The workshop is free of charge.


Cooperation partner

In cooperation with:

Frauenhofer IWKS

Hensel Recycling

VDE Renewables

The project receives public funding from the German WIPANO program.


Registration and Information:

Please register via e-mail to
until 22 June 2022!

To learn more about the project ReSi-Norm, please visit the website.

This workshop is organized next to the 2022 SOPHIA-workshop ‘PV-Module Reliability’ which will be held from 30 June to 01 July 2022 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Your contact
Alexandra Fabricius
63069 Offenbach

r2vCr4u8r.wrs8ztz@9QAuv.t53 Phone +49 69 6308-453

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