Recycling photovoltaic modules within a circular economy approach and a snapshot for Türkiye

Aşkın, Asmin
Kılkış, Şiir
Akınoğlu, Bülent Gültekin
Solar energy has an important role for increasing renewable energy use and circularity options in the sector are increasing. This study analyses the advances in the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals that aim to create a more equitable and peaceful world and a more livable environment. Studies that are focused on life cycle perspectives, opportunities for end-of-life management, and multiple goals, including climate action as well as responsible consumption and production are compared. This is used to understand synergies between the circular economy and solar photovoltaic technologies in Türkiye. A need analysis survey is conducted with the participation of academic institutions and research centers, producers, and other stakeholders who operate in the solar photovoltaic sector in Türkiye. The results are analyzed across stakeholder categories and used to derive policy recommendations based on the top drivers, barriers, and enablers to increase circularity in the sector. The expected impacts on environmental, economic and social aspects are also questioned to obtain perspectives on possible pathways. For the first time, the realization of sustainable solar photovoltaic waste management in the context of the circular economy is discussed by stakeholders in Türkiye to establish consensus, increase collaboration, and support planning of future opportunities.
Renewable Energy
Citation Formats
A. Aşkın, Ş. Kılkış, and B. G. Akınoğlu, “Recycling photovoltaic modules within a circular economy approach and a snapshot for Türkiye,” Renewable Energy, vol. 208, pp. 583–596, 2023, Accessed: 00, 2023. [Online]. Available: