The Dutch government announced that it supports solar energy factories that manufacture panels using the circular economy principle. It also granted 296 million euros to support battery manufacturing.
The government said that it will use a significant part of this amount – 412 million euros – to support the production of solar modules based on the circular economy model.
“The sun plays a key role in the energy transition,” the government said in a statement, but did not provide more details on the implementation of the program. “Researchers, raw material suppliers, construction companies and the automotive industry are joining forces to ensure that the next generation of solar panels is developed here in a fully circular way.”
A 3 GW solar plant is currently being planned in the Netherlands under the MCPV consortium of nine companies.
The government also granted 296 million euros to support battery manufacturing. “Dutch large companies, SMEs, start-ups and educational institutions are working together on cycle battery technologies built from alternative and non-critical raw materials,” it also stated.