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Critical solar metal now produced in US

Tellurium being recovered at Kennecott copper mine in Utah Metal Tech News - May 13, 2022

 

Last updated 7/12/2022 at 2:05pm

Men install First Solar CdTe thin-film photovoltaic panels.

First Solar Inc.

A crew installs cadmium telluride thin-film solar modules produced by First Solar, a U.S.-based manufacturer that is the primary customer for the tellurium being produced at Rio Tinto's Kennecott copper mine in Utah.

As part of a wider initiative to recover critical minerals as byproducts at its current mining operations, Rio Tinto is now producing the tellurium used in thin-film photovoltaic solar panels at its Kennecott copper operation in Utah.

"We are proud to deliver a new domestic supply of tellurium to support the manufacturing of solar panels and other critical equipment here in the United States,"...



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