Sustainably recycling photovoltaic (PV) products at the end of their life cycle is essential for reducing environmental impact and saving costs on raw materials. Halide perovskite PVs currently suffer from a short lifespan, and recycling and remaking could equivalently extend their life cycle. Here, we report an effective and rapid “one-key reset” recycling paradigm to collect all the functional layer components from a used PV device at a high material extraction efficiency. A remade device incorporating all the layers, including recycled indium tin oxide/tin oxide substrate, perovskite, spiro-OMeTAD, and gold, exhibits an average power conversion efficiency of over 20%. This finding that the recycled device exhibits identical performance compared with the original, while providing enormous savings in cost, time, and energy, could lead to a recycling route that will dramatically lower the levelized cost of energy of perovskite PVs and enhance their competitiveness in future energy markets.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)