CPVA RESEARCH PROJECTS
CPVA is committed to understanding and developing the solar energy circular economy. We undertake research projects and collaborations with industry partners and institutions to strengthen and realise the potential of the sector.
Reclaimed PV Panels Market Assessment
CPVA has partnered with The University of Queensland to undertake this research project with grant funding from Energy Consumers Australia. The purpose of this project is to explore the end-of-life landscape for used PV panels, to understand the potential customers and value streams available for used PV panels, and to identify any market or policy barriers to reusing, repurposing and recycling PV panels.
Solar Energy Circular Economy Industry 'Roundtable' Series
CPVA is undertaking an industry first engagement program to discuss pathways for achieving a circular economy for solar energy. Part of the conversation with industry stakeholders is to garner feedback on the testing protocol and standard that CPVA is developing. This reflects CPVA's foundational principle to be industry-led. Contact CPVA If you would like to join the next Roundtable.
Micro-Pilot Project: Testing Used Solar Panels
CPVA has partnered with PV Lab to explore the potential for solar panel reuse through a Micro-Pilot Project. Insights gained from the project will help us achieve the following:
Gain a preliminary understanding of an appropriate solar panel testing protocol.
Gain a preliminary of understanding of potential used solar panel grades and certification types
Gain a preliminary understanding of potential solar panel refurbishment options and processes
Identify key areas requiring further investigation to develop a robust solar panel certification standard.
Following completion of the Micro-Pilot Project, CPVA will engage with industry stakeholders to develop a robust solar panel certification standard under the CPVA Certified™ label.
RMIT Work Integrated Learning: Testing & Reuse of Solar Panels
Part of CPVA's mission is to contribute as much value to the solar energy circular economy sector as possible. This includes supporting the future workforce to understand the vast array of opportunities and challenges facing the sector. In 2022 CPVA partnered with RMIT to support a Masters student undertake a research thesis focusing on the testing and potential reuse of solar panels. This was a thoroughly worthwhile experience and CPVA is impressed with the final report. CPVA will continue to support students and education institutions into the future.
CPVA Certified Label
The CPVA Certified™ label will set the benchmark for the quality, safety and performance output of reused solar panels. Individual businesses can apply to be CPVA Certified™ solar panel testers and certifiers of reused solar panels.
The CPVA Certified™ process will be independently verified through an internationally recognised certification standard. This will provide certainty for end users of the quality, safety and application of CPVA Certified™ reused solar panels. We envisage the CPVA Certified™ label may have other future applications. These will be developed at a later stage.