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Synonyms: cadmium telluride cells, cellules photovoltaïques de tellurure de cadmium

A cadmium telluride solar cell use a cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film, a semiconductor layer to absorb and convert sunlight into electricity. Solarbuzz[20] has reported that the lowest quoted thin-film module price stands at US$1.76 per watt-peak, with the lowest crystalline silicon (c-Si) module at $2.48 per watt-peak. The cadmium present in the cells would be toxic if released. However, release is impossible during normal operation of the cells and is unlikely during fires in residential roofs.[21] A square meter of CdTe contains approximately the same amount of Cd as a single C cell Nickel-cadmium battery, in a more stable and less soluble form.

Related terms:
solar cells, protocrystalline silicon cells, nanocrystalline silicon cells, amorphous cells, GaAs cells, CIGS solar cells, CIS solar cells

Broader terms:
compound semiconductor solar cells, thin-film solar cells

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