Tellurium may slide into deficit if it fails to meet solar industry demand

Tellurium could slip into deficit if supply does not increase to accommodate growing demand from the solar industry, according to Umicore Precious Metals Refining

Global tellurium production is estimated at around 400-500 tonnes per year, with most going into alloys with steel. But emerging applications, including photovoltaics (PV), a method of generating electricity through conversion of solar radiation, are boosting demand for the minor metal. “The supply-demand balance of tellurium in our outlook is the most likely [of the electronic and solar metals indium, selenium and...


Janie Davies

October 20, 2010

12:48 GMT