“The world has installed more than one terawatt of solar capacity. Ordinary solar panels have a capacity of about 400W, so if you count both rooftops and solar farms, there could be as many as 2.5 billion solar panels.,” says Dr Rong Deng, an expert in solar panel recycling at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
According to the British government, there are tens of millions of solar panels in the UK. But the specialist infrastructure to scrap and recycle them is lacking.
Energy experts are calling for urgent government action to prevent a looming global environmental disaster.
“It’s going to be a waste mountain by 2050, unless we get recycling chains going now,” says Ute Collier, deputy director of the International Renewable Energy Agency.
“We’re producing more and more solar panels – which is great – but how are we going to deal with the waste?” she asks.
Plus this from Rowan Atkinson: I love electric vehicles – and was an early adopter. But increasingly I feel duped.
The first article was published by the Beeb, the second was in The Guardian — what’s up in Britain?