What happens to the components of renewable energy after they reach the end of their lifecyle? There have recently been discussions on the dire need for recycling solar panel waste, else predictions state the possibility of 20 million tonnes of PV waste in China alone. Similarly for windmills, 43 million tonnes of blade waste will exist worldwide by 2050, with 40% of this waste originating from China.
On the other hand, if solutions to recycle this waste are actively sought and invested in, such colossal environmental impact can be avoided. An example in China's steps in tackling electric-vehicle battery waste. The country has initiated pilot programs in 17 Chinese cities to recycle used electric-vehicle batteries. Read more..