Wilfred Taetow of SANYO Component has been elected as the new President of PV CYCLE.

The announcement was formalised at an assembly held during the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition. At the same time two new Directors were appointed, while the association’s By-Laws were also approved.

Taetow, the new President, commented, “Stepping into the role of President of PV CYCLE together with a renewed and dynamic Board is both exciting and challenging at the same time: exciting because of the proven track record of such a dynamic industry to develop a pan-European system that offers an adequate solution for end-of-life PV modules; challenging because our rapid expansion will require us to focus our resources and attention into making sure we are ready for the increasing quantities we expect to collect in the coming years.”

Taetow continued, “Strengthening PV CYCLE’s system to offer a unified waste management solution to all photovoltaic users in Europe is our top priority.”

The complete Board of Directors is now composed: President Wilfried Taetow (Sanyo), Vice-President Luis Torres (Sunpower), Treasurer Holger Hoppe (Schott Solar), Director Luis Lopez (Isofoton), Director Gonzalo de la Viña (REC), Director Ben Hill (Trina Solar) and Director Eleni Despotou (EPIA).

The number of PV CYCLE members has surpassed 220, many of which are manufacturers and importers from around the world, representing more than 90% of the European market for photovoltaic modules. Composed of more than 160 collection points, its take-back and recycling scheme is capable of processing modules disposed of in any country of the European Union and EFTA (Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland).

PV CYCLE has prepared a new version of the Environmental Agreement for which PV CYCLE shall invite the European Institutions for acknowledgment. Currently a majority of the market share have already executed the Agreement.