Solar Panel Recycling Market Is Expected To Reach A Revenue of USD 626.0 Mn By 2033, At 14.3% CAGR: Dimension Market Research

Solar panel recycling is projected for significant growth driven by higher solar installations and regulatory pressures. Advanced recycling technologies and collaborations between industry stakeholders will improve efficiency and sustainability. With the growth in environmental consciousness and circular economy principles, the industry will aim to maximize resource recovery and minimize waste, contributing to the long-term sustainability of the solar energy sector.

New York, July 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Overview:

The Global Solar Panel Recycling Market size is expected to reach USD 187.7 million by 2024 and is further anticipated to reach USD 626.0 million by 2033 according to Dimension Market Research. The market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 14.3% from 2024 to 2033.

As solar panel usage grows across the world, managing toxic materials like silicon and cadmium becomes imperative. Recycling acts as a vital solution, curbing waste and reducing environmental risks through decommissioning, sorting, and reusing materials, thereby minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Further, the growth in solar panel sales requires effective recycling methods to minimize health hazards, cut new panel costs, and support job creation. Global regulations and high landfill expenses fuel the adoption of recycling practices, with governments boosting solar projects and legalizing recycling processes, providing a productive ground for market expansion. In addition, R&D investments in rare metal recovery are expected to further drive market growth.

The Mechanical segment will lead the solar panel recycling market in 2024 by physically dismantling panels for material recovery. Laser and Thermal segments are expected to grow, meeting the demand for high-purity silicon and sustainable recycling. These methods support environmental control and resource efficiency during circular economy principles and regulatory pressures.

Solar panel manufacturing drives global solar panel recycling market growth in 2024. As solar energy expands, so does panel production. Responsible disposal is major as panels reach end-of-life. Combining recycling practices minimizes waste, conserves resources, and supports sustainability.

Important Insights

  • The Solar Panel Recycling Market is expected to grow by USD 626.0 million by 2033 from 2025 with a CAGR of 14.3%.
  • Mono-crystalline solar panel recycling is expected to lead revenue in 2024 due to durability and efficiency, whereas thin film panels anticipate fast growth with improved features.
  • Mechanical process is anticipated to get the largest revenue share in 2024 in the Solar Panel Recycling market.
  • Solar panel manufacturing is projected to get the largest revenue share in 2024 in the Solar Panel Recycling market.
  • Europe, with a 34.1% revenue share in 2024 will lead the solar panel recycling market, and benefit from large solar farms and the need for recycling. Also, Asia Pacific, led by China, anticipates rapid growth.

Global Solar Panel Recycling Market: Trends

  • Increased Industry Collaboration: The rise in recognition of the importance of sustainable practices has caused growth in collaboration among solar manufacturers, recyclers, and policymakers to create standardized recycling processes and infrastructure.
  • Advancements in Recycling Technologies: Recent innovations in recycling technologies, like robotic sorting systems and chemical processes, are enhancing the efficiency and low cost of solar panel recycling, driving adoption and market growth.
  • Rising Demand for Recycled Materials: With the rise in scarcity of raw materials and the focus on circular economy principles, there is a growth in demand for recycled materials from solar panels, developing new opportunities for recyclers and incentivizing investment in recycling infrastructure.
  • Integration of Circular Economy Principles: The combination of circular economy principles into corporate sustainability strategies is becoming highly common, creating a higher focus on end-of-life management of solar panels and driving growth in the solar panel recycling market.

Solar Panel Recycling Market: Competitive Landscape

The solar panel recycling market is competitive, with many key players vying for market share by offering many recycling services and technologies. Competition centers on innovation, cost efficiency, and eco-friendliness.

Regulatory adherence and global presence are crucial for competitive positioning. With the growing need for sustainable waste management in partnership with solar industry growth, competition is expected to escalate, driving advancements in recycling processes and infrastructure.

Some of the major players in the market include First Solar Inc., JA Solar Co. Ltd, Canadian Solar Inc., Solarcycle Inc, Trina Solar, Yingli Energy Co Ltd, and more.

Some of the prominent market players:

  • First Solar Inc.
  • JA Solar Co. Ltd
  • Canadian Solar Inc.
  • Solarcycle Inc
  • Trina Solar
  • Yingli Energy Co Ltd.
  • Hanwha Group Co Ltd.
  • Reiling Group
  • SunPower Corp.
  • Echo Environment LLC
  • Other Key Players

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Solar Panel Recycling Market Scope

Report Highlights Details
Market Size (2023) USD 197.7 Mn
Forecast Value (2033) USD 626.0 Mn
CAGR (2024-2033) 14.3%
Leading Region in terms of Revenue  Share Europe
Percentage of Revenue Share by Leading Region 34.1%
Historical Data 2017 – 2022
Forecast Data 2025 – 2033
Base Year 2023
Estimate Year 2024
Segments Covered By Type, By Process, By Material, By Shelf Life, By Application
Regional Coverage North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa (MEA)

Segment Analysis:

Mono-crystalline solar panel recycling as a type within the solar panel recycling market is expected to lead the overall market in terms of revenue in 2024. Despite their higher initial cost, mono-crystalline panels are chosen for their durability and efficiency, due to their single-crystal silicon composition. Also, thin film panels are set for fast growth due to their better performance and affordability.

Recent research has led to lightweight, inexpensive thin-film modules with features like flexibility and heat resistance. These developments have enhanced mass production, making them more affordable and appealing in the market.

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Solar Panel Recycling Market Segmentation

By Type

  • Mono-crystalline
  • Poly-crystalline
  • Thin-film

 By Process

  • Thermal
  • Mechanical
  • Chemical
  • Combination
  • Laser

By Material

  • Silicon
  • Metal
    • Aluminum
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Others

By Shelf Life

  • Normal Loss
  • Early Loss

By Application

  • Solar Panel Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Metal Industry
  • Electronics & Semiconductor Industry

Global Solar Panel Recycling Market: Driver

  • Regulatory Initiatives: The rise in government regulations mandating the recycling of solar panels drives growth by developing a structured framework and incentives for responsible disposal and recycling practices.
  • Technological Advancements: Innovations in recycling technologies allow more effective and low-cost processes, making solar panel recycling economically operational and attractive to stakeholders.
  • Environmental Awareness: Increasing consciousness about environmental sustainability encourages both consumers and businesses to select environmentally friendly practices, like proper disposal and recycling of solar panels.
  • Circular Economy Trends: The switch towards a circular economy model focuses on resource efficiency and waste reduction, driving the development of recycling infrastructure and growth in investment in the solar panel recycling market.

Global Solar Panel Recycling Market: Restraints

  • Lack of Uniform Regulations: Unevenness in regulations across regions and countries built uncertainty and complexity for businesses, impacting the development of a reliable global solar panel recycling market.
  • High Initial Investment: The high upfront costs associated with creating recycling facilities and implementing advanced technologies can impact potential investors and slow the growth of the solar panel recycling market.
  • Limited Recycling Infrastructure: Limited infrastructure for collecting, transporting, & processing end-of-life solar panels creates logistical challenges and limits the scalability of solar panel recycling operations.
  • Challenges in Material Recovery: Complexities in separating and recovering important materials from solar panels, like silicon, glass, and metals, can minimize the efficiency of recycling processes and limit the economic viability of recycling initiatives.

Global Solar Panel Recycling Market: Opportunities

  • Growing Solar Installations: The growing adoption of solar energy globally is generating a high volume of end-of-life solar panels, providing a rewarding opportunity for the expansion of the solar panel recycling market.
  • Emerging Circular Economy Initiatives: The rise in awareness about resource conservation and circular economy principles is driving the development of innovative recycling technologies and business models, supporting new opportunities for growth in the solar panel recycling sector.
  • Technological Innovation: Constant development in recycling technologies, like robotic dismantling and material recovery techniques, provides opportunities to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of solar panel recycling processes, attracting funding and driving market expansion.
  • Collaborative Partnerships: Partnerships and collaboration between government agencies, industry stakeholders, and research institutions can encourage knowledge sharing, infrastructure development, and investment in the solar panel recycling ecosystem, providing new opportunities for market growth and sustainability.

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Regional Analysis

Europe is set to claim the largest share of revenue, accounting for 34.1% in 2024, which is expected to constantly, be driven by the region’s large solar farm installations and higher demand for solar panel recycling services. Germany, as a main, is experiencing market expansion due to technological development and strict waste management regulations.

Across Europe, the acceptance of solar panels as a major energy option is growing. Further, the Asia Pacific region, led by China and Japan, is anticipated for the fastest growth. China stands out for its major R&D investments, reflected in its leading position in solar panel recycling patent filings. These trends signal a promising future for the solar panel recycling market in both Europe and the Asia Pacific..

By Region

North America

  • The U.S.
  • Canada

Europe

  • Germany
  • The U.K.
  • France
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Benelux
  • Nordic
  • Rest of Europe

Asia-Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • ANZ
  • ASEAN
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Rest of Latin America

Middle East & Africa

  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • South Africa
  • Israel
  • Egypt
  • Rest of MEA

Recent Developments in the Solar Panel Recycling Market

  • March 2024: SOLARCYCLE announced the construction of a new facility in Georgia for USD 344 million to recycle crucial materials, ensuring their reuse.
  • March 2024: Iberdrola introduced a partnership with FCC Ámbito to advance industrial-scale solar panel recycling, exploring new treatment tech & reuse of secondary raw materials.
  • March 2024: Silfab Solar announced to improve its glass recycling efforts, partnering with Solarcycle. Silfab sends old modules for recycling and buys back recycled glass for panel production.
  • February 2024: Qcells partnered with Solarcycle for solar panel recycling post-decommissioning, marking a milestone in US solar recycling. Qcells focuses on expanding production.
  • June 2023: Ørsted announced a partnership with SOLARCYCLE to recycle end-of-life solar modules from its U.S. projects, assisting Ørsted’s global pledge to recycle all decommissioned panels, a pioneering initiative.

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