Renewable energy industries are key to reducing the dependence on fossil fuels, lowering carbon emissions and mitigating climate change. But, they will soon generate large amounts of waste as millions of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, wind turbines and lithium-ion EV batteries reach the end of their lifecycles.
Several innovative startups are striving to create a sustainable, circular economy to recover, recycle and reuse the core components of climate tech innovation. Some of these efforts include:
- Recycling wind turbines and blades
- Recycling solar panels so that they do not end up in landfills
- Breaking down Lithium-ion batteries into materials that can be sold back into the general manufacturing supply chain
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