FURI | Fall 2019

Electrochemical Process for Metal Recovery from End of Life Photovoltaic Modules

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The goal of this project is to develop a process for recycling old photovoltaic modules to prevent waste modules from being scrapped. This recycling process will reduce the space taken in landfills by solar modules while reducing the need to mine new precious earth metals for production. The recycling process is profitable, and the recovered raw materials can be sold back to manufacturers. Moving forward the process needs to be optimized for a high-volume manufacturing process, which would allow all solar panels in circulation to be recycled.

Student researcher

Cooper Tezak

Cooper Rottman Tezak

Chemical engineering

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2021