QUASAR

(70%plus eco-efficiency gains in the PV EOL supply chain by closed loop systems with enhanced recycling rates, systematic collection and management utilising digital twins)

Worldwide installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity grew from 70 GW in 2011 to more than 1 TW in 2022. With a typical lifespan of 25-30 years, quantities of decommissioned modules are expected to grow tenfold by 2050. It is becoming increasingly important to consider the end-of-life (EoL) procedures for decommissioned PV technology as waste begins to accumulate. In the EU, EoL PV modules are considered e-waste under the WEEE directive, with the responsibility for their collection and recycling placed on manufacturers.

QUASAR aims to enable a circular economy for the solar PV industry. QUASAR will develop and implement solutions for a systematic collection and management methodology and decision tools for EOL-PV-modules based on a holistic approach between all parts and actors across the EOL supply chain including concepts of reverse logistic technologies, AI/machine learning, product lifecycle information management (PLIM) based on digital twins, and best practices for sorting, warehouse operations, testing and repair/reuse.

 

EPRI Europe participation 

EPRI Europe will lead Work Packages 2 and 3, addressing challenges on Product Circularity, Waste Stream Information, End-Of-Life  Management, and Digitalisation. These efforts include:

  • Estimate decommissioning and repowering costs
  • Compile decommissioning and repowering best practices
  • Review EOL service provider repair and refurbishment practices 
  • Develop data management solutions to support End-Of-Life processing

Additionally, EPRI Europe will develop training and educational resources for EOL service providers and for interested public 

EPRI Related Programs

Duration
FEB 2024 - JAN 2027
Funding Programme
Horizon Europe
Grant Agreement
101122298