Europe Solar Panel Recycling Market Value - By Process (Mechanical, Thermal, Laser, and Other), By Type (Crystalline Silicon, Thin Film), By Geography, By Industry Analysis, Size, Share & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

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  • Published date: July, 2023  |  
  • Report Format: PDF

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MVI Statistics and Viewpoints:

  • Europe Solar Panel Recycling Market size was exceeded USD 56.8 Million in 2022.
  • The market is expected to showcase a CAGR of over 19.3% from 2023 to 2032. 
  • By the end of the forecast period, the industry size of Europe Solar panel recycling is anticipated to reach a valuation of around USD 328.5 Million.

The objective of the Europe solar panel recycling industry is to address these concerns by developing efficient and sustainable solar panel recycling processes. Manufacturers, recycling companies, government agencies, and environmental organizations are all part of the market, and they are all working together to build a comprehensive recycling infrastructure.

Solar Panel Recycling Market

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Market Overview:

The industry and associated activities involved in the collection, dismantling, and processing of end-of-life solar panels to extract valuable materials and ensure proper disposal are referred to as the Europe market. This market addresses the growing need to manage the growing volume of decommissioned or damaged solar panels as the region's solar energy sector expands. Various stakeholders play critical roles in the Europe Solar Panel Recycling market. Solar panel manufacturers, recycling companies, waste management companies, policymakers, and regulatory bodies are among them. Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products comply with recycling and waste management regulations and directives. Recycling companies are experts at dismantling, processing, and recovering valuable materials from solar panels. End-of-life solar panels are collected, transported, and treated by waste management companies, who ensure that they are processed in accordance with environmental regulations.

Europe Solar Panel Recycling Market Value Insights

Report Coverage


Base Year


Market Size in 2022

USD 56.8 Million

Forecast Period

2023 to 2032

CAGR (2023 to 2032)


Forecast Year Value, 2032

USD 328.5 Million

Historical Data for

2019 to 2022

Segment Covered

Process, Type & Geography

Companies Covered

  • Reiling Group GmbH & Co. KG
  • JA Solar Co.
  • Sunpower Corporation
  • Rosi Solar
  • and more.  


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Growth Drivers:

  • Solar Panel Installed Base Expands: Government incentives, renewable energy targets, and falling solar panel costs have all contributed to significant growth in the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Europe. As the number of solar panels installed grows, so does the need for their eventual recycling and proper disposal. The growing installed base ensures a steady supply of end-of-life panels for recycling, propelling the recycling market forward.
  • Economic Incentives and Market Potential: The expanding solar panel recycling market provides economic opportunities for recycling companies and entrepreneurs. The reuse or sale of valuable materials such as silicon, aluminum, and precious metals can generate revenue. As the market grows and demand for recycling services rises, economic incentives for the development of specialised recycling facilities and infrastructure are created.
  • Goals for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability: Europe prioritises environmental sustainability and resource efficiency. Solar panel recycling contributes to these goals by lowering the environmental impact of landfilling or incinerating end-of-life panels. Recycling allows for the recovery of valuable materials while reducing the need for raw material extraction, thereby contributing to a circular economy and resource conservation.


  • Fragmented Collection Infrastructure: Due to the lack of a well-established and centralized collection infrastructure, collecting used solar panels from various sources can be difficult. This can lead to inefficiencies, increased costs, and challenges in ensuring the proper disposal of end-of-life panels.

By Process Synopsys:

Solar Panel Recycling Market Size       

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The Europe Solar Panel Recycling Market is classified by process into mechanical, thermal, laser, and other. The mechanical segment is expected to hold the largest revenue share during the study period. This is due to its low cost, scalability, and widespread adoption by recycling facilities. Mechanical recycling has created processes and technologies that allow for the efficient separation and recovery of valuable materials from solar panels. Furthermore, the well-established infrastructure and expertise in mechanical recycling make it a preferred choice for many regional recyclers.

By Type Synopsys:    

The market is classified by type into crystalline silicon, thin film, and other. The crystalline silicon segment is slated to hold the largest share of the Europe Solar Panel Recycling Market during the study period. This is primarily due to the widespread adoption of crystalline silicon technology in Europe and around the world, making it the dominant technology in the solar panel market. The well-established infrastructure, expertise, and recycling processes for crystalline silicon panels have all contributed to its larger recycling market share.

Key Development:

  • In February 2022, Rosi Solar has announced the development of an industrial solution that enables the extraction of high purity silicon, silver, and copper from decommissioned PV modules. Utilizing a pyrolysis process, the company's technology facilitates the isolation of these metals from the solar cells.
  • In April 2023, ROSI Solar has emerged as a pioneer in Europe by introducing an industrial solution that efficiently recovers high-purity silicon, silver, and copper from decommissioned photovoltaic (PV) modules. Their groundbreaking chemical and heat separation process enables the retrieval and separation of metals and cells, preserving the purity of materials that are typically lost during solar cell manufacturing and the end-of-life stage of solar panels. Moreover, this solution is offered at a cost-effective rate.

Top Companies Includes In The Europe Solar Panel Recycling Landscape:

  • Reiling Group GmbH & Co. KG
  • JA Solar Co.
  • Sunpower Corporation
  • Rosi Solar
  • Univergy International
  • Renesola
  • Trina Solar Co.
  • First Solar Inc.
  • Others

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In-depth analysis of Europe solar panel recycling market along with industry coverage and forecasting for the following segments:

Market Size, By Process

  • Mechanical
  • Thermal
  • Laser
  • Other

Market Size, By Type

  • Crystalline silicon
  • Thin film
  • Other

Market Size, By Geography

  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Rest of Europe

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