Photovoltaics with Tellurium
Photovoltaics with Tellurium
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From solar power to vulcanization: multi-talent tellurium

Characteristics of Tellurium

Crystalline tellurium is a silver-white glossy semi-metal. It acts as a companion of sulfur and is extracted from sulphides. Tellurium puzzles with a contradiction: On the one hand, it is quite soft, mechanically stressed, on the other hand, it brittles easily. Therefore, it can be perfectly processed into powder. In appearance, it resembles tin and antimony. Chemically, it is a close relative of selenium.



Applications for Tellurium

Tellurium is multi-talented. As part of metal alloys, it makes these less susceptible to corrosion. As cadmium telluride it is used in photovoltaics (thin-film solar cells). Tellurium is also found in coatings for high-sea cables, compact discs and special glasses for fiber optic conductors. Tellurium is also used in the vulcanization of rubber. These diverse areas of application make tellurium indispensable for many industries.

Thanks to its diversity, tellurium remains exciting for various industries in the long run.

Thanks to its diversity, tellurium remains exciting for various industries in the long run.

Physical Asset Tellurium

Worth Knowing

Tellurium is technically not as significant as other technology metals. It is expensive to manufacture and can often be replaced by other elements or compounds. However, tellurium, with its application in photovoltaics, is an important metal of the energy revolution. In addition, tellurium is rare. It is only twice as common as gold.

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Price history

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