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         DIW - EGAT anticipated the overload of solar panel waste and pushed for the study of solar panel and battery waste disposal according to the circular economy concept for sustainability. A complete solar panel and battery recycling plant model will be developed to prevent environmental problems and promote the use of resources for maximum benefit.

20210503-PRE01-01

         Dr. Jiraporn Sirikum, Deputy Governor - Strategy of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) revealed, EGAT signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on “the study of guidelines for solar panel and battery waste management and the development of Thailand’s solar panel and battery recycling plant model project” with Mr. Prakob Vivitjinda, Director General of the Department of Industrial Works (DIW). The objective is to jointly study recycling techniques and the technology for recovering valuable metal from solar panels and batteries, study and establish the code of conduct and recommendations for managing pollution from the plant’s manufacturing process, including guidelines for solar panel and battery waste management in Thailand. The information will be used in the development of Thailand’s solar panel and battery waste management plant model.

20210503-PRE01-02

         Dr. Jiraporn Sirikum stated, DIW and EGAT both aim to promote sustainable development in the economy, society, and environment according to the circular economy concept to promote the correct method of managing solar panel and battery scrap, which is waste from energy use. Previously, the MOU for the study of solar panel and battery waste management guideline expired on January 23, 2021. From the previous study, it was found that the recycling process of Thailand’s solar panels and batteries still has many challenges, such as waste collection, amount and different types of waste which affect the recycling technique and investment value, as well as the suitable technology for Thailand. Each issue must be resolved carefully and new recycling technologies must be monitored continuously. Therefore, the MOU was signed for continuous cooperation on March 31, 2021. Presently, the recycling technology, or the guidelines for solar panel and battery management is more distinct and commercially operated internationally.

20210503-PRE01-03

         The objective of the MOU for both organizations is to jointly study the methods of recycling solar panel and battery scrap. The study will have additional details, such as innovation, technology, potential plant location, including suitable management guidelines for Thailand's ecosystem, leading to the development of Thailand’s solar panel and battery recycling plant model.