Hamburg, 09. September 2011, Today, Mr Wilfried Taetow of SANYO Component was elected as the new President of PV CYCLE at an Extraordinary General Assembly which took place in Hamburg during the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC). On this occasion, the association’s by-laws were also approved as well as two new Directors were elected.
The complete Board of Directors is now composed as follows: President Mr Wilfried Taetow (Sanyo), Vice-President Mr Luis Torres (Sunpower), Treasurer Mr Holger Hoppe (Schott Solar), Director Mr Luis Lopez (Isofoton), Director Mr Gonzalo de la Viña (REC), Director Mr Ben Hill (Trina Solar) and Director Ms Eleni Despotou (EPIA).
“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”, highlighted the new President. “Strengthening PV CYCLE’s system to offer a unified waste management solution to all photovoltaic users in Europe is our top priority”, he added.
“PV CYCLE is thrilled to have such an experienced Board of Directors in the PV industry led by our new President for the next three years. These new Directors will with no doubt contribute towards taking our collection and recycling system to its best level by making sure the industry’s efforts solidify into a stronger commitment towards the effective and sustainable end-of-life management of PV modules” said PV CYCLE’s Managing Director, Mr Jan Clyncke.
Today, 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). Since the beginning of the operations in 2010, more than 650 tonnes of end- of-life modules have entered the system.
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. Mr. Wilfried Taetow and Mr Jan Clyncke will be available for interviews in Hamburg until noon on Friday 9 September. Please contact our communications agency if you would like to schedule an interview for tomorrow or later this year.
Source: PV CYCLE