cadmium telluride

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Definition of cadmium telluride 

: an artificially created crystalline compound CdTe that is used especially in the manufacture of photovoltaic cells … after many years of development, cadmium telluride … modules have become the lowest-cost producer of solar electricity, despite working at lower efficiency than crystalline silicon cells.— Ken Zweibel

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Thin is in The researchers focused on thin-film technology, which is dominated by two materials: cadmium telluride (often called cadtel) and CIGS, or copper indium gallium selenide. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Installation costs so much that it’s better to use expensive solar panels," 2 May 2018 This has resulted in large price increases in recent years as demand has soared for both thermoelectric and CdTe solar [cadmium telluride photovoltaic solar cells—the second most common ones on the market]. Kristen A. Schmitt, Smithsonian, "Is This New Material a Game Changer for Thermoelectricity?," 10 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of cadmium telluride

1885, in the meaning defined above

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