Estimates of te and in prices from direct mining of known ores
Article first published online: 14 MAY 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Volume 17, Issue 5, pages 347–359, August 2009
How to Cite
Green, M. A. (2009), Estimates of te and in prices from direct mining of known ores. Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl., 17: 347–359. doi: 10.1002/pip.899
- Issue published online: 26 JUN 2009
- Article first published online: 14 MAY 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 28 FEB 2009
- Manuscript Received: 24 NOV 2008
- resource availability
Previous estimates of Te and In availability for large scale use in photovoltaics have been based on considerations such as present refining capacities or on reserves calculated from the concentration of these metals in their respective Cu and Zn primary ores. The present work considers the pricing required to support direct mining of these scarce metals from ores of presently known quality. By deriving a general relationship between the market price of metals and the quality of ores from which they are mined, estimates of the market price of Te and In if mined from available ores are obtained. This allows specification of ore grades required for economic photovoltaic exploitation. Known ore deposits meeting requirements are also surveyed. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.