REC Group acquired Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) from EPD Norway for the REC Alpha Pure, TwinPeak 4 and N-Peak 2 photo voltaic panels. All three merchandise have been launched simply final yr. The EPDs present independently verified affirmation of REC’s continued dedication with each product technology to decreasing the environmental impression of photo voltaic panels.
EPD: what’s it? | The worldwide EPD system is a world program for environmental declarations. Every declaration summarizes the environmental impression of all elements of a completed product, manufacturing course of and transport. Being independently verified, EPDs present stakeholders within the photo voltaic business with a precious supply of information for goal comparisons. Additionally they function affirmation of the low carbon footprint (LCF) of photo voltaic panels.
The REC TwinPeak 4 gained its EPD on the idea of the solar-grade silicon manufactured by REC in Norway utilizing REC’s distinctive kerf upcycling. With this expertise, REC can convert kerf, waste materials of the wafer manufacturing course of, to high-quality photo voltaic grade silicon, drastically decreasing carbon emissions by as much as 96% in comparison with the usual Siemens course of. Silicon manufacturing is essentially the most energy-intensive step in manufacturing photo voltaic panels, so enhancements make a significant distinction.
EPDs take into consideration a selected complete provide chain for a product. Within the case of REC Alpha Pure, the EPD relies on polysilicon coming from Germany, cells and modules being manufactured in Singapore and set up executed in Europe for instance.
One other facet, why the REC Alpha Pure is extra sustainable, is due to the eradicated lead content material, making the photo voltaic panel additionally RoHS compliant. The problem: even at this time, a photo voltaic panel usually accommodates a small quantity of lead in relation to its complete weight.
On a big scale, the impression by the photo voltaic business may be vital, significantly when photo voltaic panels are recycled on the finish of their service life.
“Right this moment’s prospects perceive that whereas going photo voltaic is doing good, how a lot good can differ vastly,” says Jan Enno Bicker, CEO at REC Group. “As such, REC consistently renews its product portfolio so as to enhance energy whereas being cautious concerning the consumed sources. All three merchandise which have gained EPDs have been launched final yr, testifying to the success of REC’s persevering with efforts to make its personal manufacturing and your complete photo voltaic business extra sustainable, and to rise to the problem of LCF design and manufacturing.”
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