EUROPEAN SILICON SUPPLY

The FORESi project

FORESi is a 3-year project that aims at FOstering a Recycled European Silicon Supply

The FORESi project is a 3-year EU-funded project that started in January 2024. It aims at FOstering a Recycled European Silicon Supply through the world’s first industrial demonstration of a cradle-to-cradle silicon value chain.

In order to contribute to a sustainable energy sovereignty for Europe, FORESi will demonstrate a circular recycling process from end-of-life photovoltaic (PV) panels to new PV and EV batteries applications.

The project will demonstrate the technical, economic and environmental viability of the entire recycling process and deliver the design of an optimised turnkey recycling factory for end-of-life PV panels, paving the way for European industrial mass production of recycled silicon.

FORESi will also develop an integrated online platform for the collection of PV modules and provide a PV testing methodology for the reuse and repair of EoL PV modules.

6 innovations

FORESi will demonstrate 6 different innovations,
each of them covering one part of the PV recycling value chain.

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FORESi’s
specific objectives

Develop and demonstrate new PV logistics collection, reuse and repair processes at EU level.

Demonstrate a fully automated dismantling machine and a novel sustainable chemical process for the recycling of end-of-life PV modules with a target recovery rate of at least 95%.

Demonstrate at industrial scale a new process for purifying silicon from various waste materials to produce High Pure Monocrystalline Silicon.

Demonstrate the circularity potential of the PV value chain by producing new solar cells with up to 15% upcycled silicon from end-of-life PV modules.

Evaluate and define the optimal parameters to achieve the highest economic, technical, social and environmental impact along the recycling value chain.

Provide a design for a turnkey PV recycling factory together with EU policy recommendations to increase the sustainability and future resilience of the European silicon PV value chain.

Ensure the long-term scale-up of FORESi innovations through realistic exploitation strategies, inter-cluster collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

Public deliverables will be posted here over the course of the project.

Deliverables title 1

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FOstering a Recycled European Silicon supply (2024 – 2026)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Programme under grant agreement No. 101138503. 
Coordinator: SiPow AS (Norway). Views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union.
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