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Our study examines the reasons for discarding PV panels (End-of-Life PV) and exploring up-cycling options for such panels in buildings. A PV panel could be discarded for many reasons, viz., physical damages, poor output, economic, or safety-related, etc .While manufacturers consider PV panels with lower than 80% efficiency as degraded , on the field efficiencies lower than 50% are generally considered unserviceable . PV plants could be decommissioned when not in operation for a certain period (30 days to 24 months) . Through this survey we are trying to understand the End-of-Life handling and operational phase practices.
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