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Automated Solar Panel Disassembly Equipment/Line

We provide solar panel disassembly equipment both in a fully-automated line and as a stand-alone machine.

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Automated Solar Panel Disassembly Equipment/Line

 

Equipped with "separation method using a heated blade" (patented technology).

Automatically separates glass from other materials.

 

Stand-alone equipments available according to customers' needs. 

 (Frame SeparatorJ-Box Separator, and Glass Separator

 

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Automatically separates 4 frames and a J-Box.

Can be loaded on a truck for on-site operation, which leads to a reduction of transportation cost.

 

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Automated Solar Panel Disassembly Equipment/Line

Features 

  • Separates glass from metals without crushing
    through separation method using heated blade
  • Automatically separates J-Box, frames, and glass
  • Applicable for various domestic/imported crystalline silicone panels with back sheet
  • Automatically separates various types of frames
  • Cycle time of 60 seconds per panel (144,000 panels /year)*
  • Both stand-alone/line available
  • Patents registered: JP 6133475, 6271468, 6271686, 6567625 (newly registered)

*8 hours per day, 300 days per year

自動解体装置

Respective equipment  and disassembly process

J-Box Separator

J-Box 分離装置

ジャンクションボックスを取り外す

Removes
J-Box automatically

 

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Frame Separator

フレーム分離装置

次にフレーム4本を自動で取り外します

Removes 4 frames
automatically

 

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Glass Separator

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ガラスとその他の部材をポットナイフで分離

Separates glass from other materials with heated blade

(can also treat broken glass)

ガラス分離装置

What is the separation method using a heated blade?

ホットナイフ分離法

In this method, a blade heated to 300℃ melts EVA layer to separate glass from other materials.
We have realized the total recycling of glass and metals by utilizing our knowledge and technology accumulated through the development, manufacture and sales of PV module manufacturing equipment.  This method is highly evaluated as an effective and economical processing method in the industry.

Specifications

Line size (W) x (H) 18.2 x 2.2 m

Applicable panel

Solar panel with back sheet

External dimension of panel

Min: 800 x 800 mm
Max: 1,090 x 2,100 mm
Glass thickness 2.8 - 4.0 mm
Frame thickness 40 60 mm
J-Box position Short side: center of a panel
Long side: 40 - 150 mm from edge of a panel
Process time Approx. 60 seconds (for 6 x 10 panels)
*It may change depending on the panel conditions.
Interface Touch screen
(password, trouble/alarm management, counter functions)

 NEW! 

Semi-automated Frame & J-Box Separator

We provide Semi-automated Frame & J-Box Separator, which separates 4 frames and a J-Box automatically at a time, in as little as 40 seconds.  Loaded on a truck with a generator, it will function as a mobile separator to disassemble panels on site.

Features

  • Automatically separates 4 frames and a J-Box (for collecting aluminum and copper specifically)
  • Quick process time of about 40 seconds
  • Runs on electricity only
  • Separates and collects aluminum and copper on site when loaded on a truck

compact-type separator

Specifications

Size (W) x (H) x (D)

2,800 x 1,700 x 1,500 mm

Applicable panel

Solar panel with back sheet 

External dimension of panel

960 x 1,620 mm, 1,000 x 2,000 mm
Glass thickness

2.8 - 4.0 mm

Frame thickness

30 - 60 mm

J-Box position Short side: center of a panel
Long side: within 150 mm from edge of a panel 
Process time Approx. 40 seconds after setting (for 6 x 10 panels)
*It may change depending on the panel conditions.

Background of development of disassembly line

While installation of solar systems has increased nationwide, it is expected that a massive amount of end-of-life panels will be discarded in the future. The recycling scheme of solar panels, however, is yet to be established. Currently, solar panels are just shredded as general industrial wastes, leaving valuables such as silver and copper uncollected. Solar panels should be treated carefully as they may cause electric shock. Awareness of such risk, however, is still very low.

Background of development of disassembly line

We started to develop solar panel recycling technology in 2013, to solve this problem.

Recycling glass, weight of which takes around 70 to 80 percent of a panel, is impossible if there are metals. After crushing a panel as an industrial waste, it is extremely difficult to separate glass from metals.

Therefore, we have developed a method to separate glass without crushing and started sales of a recycling line. We have achieved the complete recycling of glass and metals.

 

NEDO Development Project

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FY/Project title

Theme

Company/Entity

FY2015 -2018
Development project of PV recycling technology

Development of complete recycling technology of glass and metals by separation method using a heated blade

  • Hamada Co., Ltd. (Market development for collected valuables)

  • NPC Incorporated (Development of panel disassembly equipment)

FY2014

Development project of PV recycling technology

Development of resources recovery from end-of-life solar panels using solubilization method

  • NPC Incorporated (Development of panel disassembly equipment)
  • AIST (Development of method for metal collection using solvant)

  • NihonSuperior Co., Ltd. (Collection and recycling of lead)

In 2014 and 2015 consecutively, we joined the development project of PV recycling technology of NEDO with cooperating companies and succeeded in commercialization.   The result of our R&D was published in the Guidelines for Promoting PV System Recycling (2016) by the Ministry of Environment in 2016 as a reference.

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