PV CYCLE and AKITA PRTDO create PV CYCLE JAPAN
Brussels, June 30, 2021
PV CYCLE aisbl and the Akita Prefectural Resources Technology Development Organization (Akita PRTDO) announced today the creation of PV CYCLE Japan for the collective management of discarded photovoltaic panels, which introduces a sustainable concept for the end of life management of photovoltaic panels in Japan.
PV CYCLE and Akita PRTDO entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2020, regarding the establishment of PV CYCLE JAPAN.
Following subsequent discussion under the MoU, Akita PRTDO established PV CYCLE Japan as one of its divisions on January 12, 2021, with PV CYCLE assuming an important role in the establishment of PV CYCLE Japan.
The initial activity of PV CYCLE JAPAN is to serve as the point of contact for a feasibility study on the collection of discarded PV panels for Ministry of the Environment, Japan, the main purpose of which is to promote reusing and recycling of discarded PV panels.
PV CYCLE Japan shall serve as a point of contact for the management of discarded PV panels, shall be in charge of the verification of waste management companies, which handle discarded PV panels and will collect, consolidate and publish statistical data on discarded PV panels.
«Today, the know-how and the fourteen years’ experience of PV CYCLE in collecting and treating discarded PV panels is a major asset in addressing the environmental challenges of PV panels waste in Japan, which currently has nearly 67 GW installed. » said Jan Clyncke, CEO of PV CYCLE.
About PV CYCLE – A non-profit member-based organization, PV CYCLE offers both collective and tailor-made waste management and legal compliance services for companies and waste holders around the world. Founded in 2007 by and for the PV industry, PV CYCLE today includes a broad range of electrical and electronic equipment, batteries, packaging and industrial waste in its portfolio.
The organization has national representations throughout the globe including, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom.
About Akita PRTDO – A general incorporated foundation established and existing under Japanese laws, Akita PRTDO develops mineral resource technologies and provides education and training services to the mineral resources sector in Japan. Over the past decade, Akita PRTDO scrutinized the waste management market of discarded PV modules, and decided to establish PV CYLE JAPAN as their new business under the context of circular economy.