The Impact of Tellurium Supply on Cadmium Telluride Photovoltaics

@article{Zweibel2010TheIO,
  title={The Impact of Tellurium Supply on Cadmium Telluride Photovoltaics},
  author={K. Zweibel},
  journal={Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={328},
  pages={699 - 701}
}
  • K. Zweibel
  • Published 2010
  • Materials Science, Medicine
  • Science
Better optical designs and enhanced recovery of tellurium may boost the potential for large-scale energy production from thin-film cadmium telluride solar cells. For decades, the material associated with photovoltaic (PV) cells has been silicon. However, after many years of development, cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV modules have become the lowest-cost producer of solar electricity, despite working at lower efficiency than crystalline silicon cells. CdTe sales are growing rapidly, but there is… Expand
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