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Discussion on the approach for controlling the import-export of used solar panels & used EV batteries

Updated: 6 days ago

The Department of Industrial Works (DIW) discussed with the relevant agencies to find an approach for controlling the import-export of used solar panels & used EV batteries as well as for establishing testing standards.

On June 4, 2024, DIW participated in the 1/2024 meeting of the Basel Convention Subcommittee on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal with experts from National Environmental Board, Pollution Control Department (PCD), the member of Basel Convention Subcommittee, and relevant agencies.

In the meeting, DIW proposed an approach for controlling the import and export of used solar panels and determined a 70% efficiency for solar panels, tested by measurement methods according to The NECTEC Standard on Inspection of Used Photovoltaic Module Availability (NTS 1011-2565) as a criterion. DIW also proposed prohibiting the import of used solar panels that do not pass this criterion due to concerns about environmental impact that might be occurred.

DIW also presented an approach for considering the import of used EV batteries, including setting the State of Health (SoH) as a standard criterion for measurement. The used EV batteries will be classified as used electrical and electronic appliance according to the Annex 5.3 of the Notification of Department of Industrial Works regarding list of Hazardous Substances B.E. 2556 (2013) while the EV battery waste (in the form of dismantled, burned, or crushed batteries) will be classified as chemical waste according to the Annex 5.2.



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