Improved estimates for Te and Se availability from Cu anode slimes and recent price trends
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Volume 14, Issue 8, pages 743–751, December 2006
How to Cite
Green, M. A. (2006), Improved estimates for Te and Se availability from Cu anode slimes and recent price trends. Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl., 14: 743–751. doi: 10.1002/pip.703
- Issue published online: 10 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 16 MAY 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 12 JAN 2006
- Manuscript Received: 1 NOV 2005
- materials availability;
- Te availability;
- Se availability;
- Te and Se prices
The recent Si supply shortage has provided a foretaste of what might occur when a photovoltaic technology becomes materials-supply constrained. Non-silicon technologies, involving some of the least abundant materials in the earth's crust, have even more fundamental problems with material availability. For both Te and Se, Cu anode slimes produced during Cu electrolytic refining provide the present major supply stream. The availability of material from such slimes is reassessed using recent data and shown to be more limited than earlier estimates. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.