from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A binary compound of tellurium.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. (countable) A compound of a metal with tellurium; metal salts of tellurane
- n. (countable) Any organic compound of general formula R2Te (R not = H), the tellurium analogues of ethers
- n. (uncountable) Another name for sylvanite.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A compound of tellurium with a more positive element or radical; -- formerly called telluret.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ore of a precious metal (gold or silver) which contains tellurium as a constituent in notable proportion, the presence of this element entailing certain changes in the usual course of metallurgical treatment.
- n. A compound of tellurium with an electropositive element. Also called telluret.
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- n. any binary compound of tellurium with other more electropositive elements
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Instead, the company uses a thin film on its solar panels made out of cadmium telluride, which is less costly and in more abundant supply.
First Solar's core technology is based on cadmium telluride solar cells.
Some analysts have said developing an alternative to the First Solar's cadmium telluride solar cells would be key to making the company more competitive, but the effort would require capital that is now in shorter supply in the market.
Furthermore most thin-film technologies use dangerous, toxic materials including cadmium telluride and indium among others.
This started with the use of Circulating Fluidized Bed boilers and continued through the financing of advanced combined cycle gas turbine technology, new wind turbines and the latest thin-film solar technologies, such as cadmium telluride.
First Solar bet on technology -- cadmium telluride -- others found too complex.
While it's nowhere near the amount produced by, say, coal-fired power plants, a number of nasty chemicals are used in solar manufacturing, including arsenic, cadmium telluride, chromium, and lead.
Conventional lead telluride thermoelectrics convert about 6 percent of the energy in heat into electricity.
IBM has been working for about nine months on the development of this new thin film technology using materials like copper, tin, zinc, sulfur and/or selenium instead of the traditional and more costly copper indium gallium selenide or cadmium telluride.
First Solar, the leading thin film PV company, employs cadmium telluride as its absorber material, while Uni-Solar, another successful thin film company, uses amorphous-silicon.