Yuma company working to perfect complicated process of recycling solar panels
The Arizona company We Recycle Solar is focusing on recycling the materials used in solar energy panels. An ASU research team led by Fulton Schools Professor Meng Tao is aiding such efforts by developing ways to perfect the recycling process by recovering every material, including lead, from old solar panels. His goals also include making recycling cost-effective and building a pilot plant to test the recycling processes on a commercial scale. In addition, Natalie Click, a Fulton Schools materials science and engineering doctoral student and Tao’s research assistant, is focusing on increasing materials recovery rates for lead, an extremely toxic metal, in solar energy panels, so it can be reused as solder and other products, or put back into new solar panels.The article is also published on Tucson.com and Informed Consent.