A worker inspects panels at a solar farm in Dunhuang, Gansu Province. The distance between the remote region and the majority of China’s recycling facilities adds to the cost of disposing of the panels once they have reached the end of their useful life. Photo: Reuters

China’s ageing solar panels are going to be a big environmental problem

The issue of how to dispose of hazardous waste from ageing panels casts a shadow over the drive towards renewable energy and away from fossil fuels

Topic |   China science

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A worker inspects panels at a solar farm in Dunhuang, Gansu Province. The distance between the remote region and the majority of China’s recycling facilities adds to the cost of disposing of the panels once they have reached the end of their useful life. Photo: Reuters
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.