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Rio Tinto to produce tellurium in the US

To recover critical solar energy mineral from Utah refinery Metal Tech News – March 10, 2021

With solar panel production driving up the demand for tellurium, Rio Tinto plans to recover roughly 20 metric tons of this critical mineral per year from its Kennecott copper mine near Salt Lake City, Utah.

One of the rarest stable elements on the periodic table, tellurium is almost always recovered as a byproduct of refining other metals it is associated with.

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