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High value PV recycling

A high-value PV recycling technology recovering high-purity materials, turning waste into resources for key industries

August 2019
May 2023

High value PV recycling

A high-value PV recycling technology recovering high-purity materials, turning waste into resources for key industries

  • World Alliance Member
  • Featured Solution
  • Labelled Solution
Label Date May 24, 2023
From France
Maturity stage TRL 9 / CRI 2 - Commercial Trial Small Scale

ROSI's high-value photovoltaic recycling technology revalorizes high-quality materials within solar panels. The solution is aiming to create a circular economy for the PV industry and beyond, we expect to reintegrate the highly pure recycled silicon to PV, battery, and semiconductor industries. Wastes are misplaced resources, thanks to ROSI's recycling technology, high-energy-embedded materials such as highly pure silicon and pure silver can substitute conventionally produced products. The recycled materials are supplied as local resources that strengthen the autonomy and resilience of European supply chain. (PV-silicon is categorized as a critical raw material by European Commission) Moreover, the REPowerEU plan by European Commission aims to accelerate the green energy deployment, EU has an ambition to relocalize the PV industry in Europe. ROSI's solution will play a central role of the European Critical Raw Material strategy and the relocalization of PV industries in Europe.

The Environmental Benefits

  • The economic value recovery rate increases from 35% (by traditional shredding method) to up to 95% by ROSI's high-value recycling technology
  • A fully functional recycling plant can have treatment capacity up to 10,000 tons/year
  • 1.2 ton of CO2-eq are saved per 1 ton PV modules being recycled (by replacing the conventionally produced raw materials by the recycled materials by ROSI) - By 2050, 77 million tons of CO2 can be saved if the panels are being recycled by ROSI's technology
  • Compared to conventionally produced metallurgical grade 2N-3N silicon (99% - 99.9%), the 5N silicon (99.999%) recovered by ROSI has 75% less CO2 emission
  • 300,000 tons of highly pure silicon can be recovered from PV waste by 2050, these locally recovered materials can serve as new sources for the industries taking them as feedstocks

The Financial Benefits

  • The value recovery of materials increased from 35% (by shredding methods) to 95% (by ROSI technology) thanks to its high-value recovery property
  • By 2027 ROSI will recycle 70 tons of silver

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Company Profile


ROSI recover waste from photovoltaic industry. Towards a truly circular economy for the PV Industry and beyond.

Type Startup or self-employed
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Cleantech Open France

The Cleantech Open France is looking for the best clean technology ideas from around the country. This is the largest cleantech accelerator program in France and it belongs to the largest international network of cleantech startups, the Cleantech Open founded in California, which has a presence in more than 20 countries worldwide.

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EIB Institute

The EIB Institute was set up within the EIB Group (European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund) to promote and support social, cultural, and academic initiatives with European stakeholders and the public at large. It is a key pillar of the EIB Group’s community and citizenship engagement.

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