Health and environmental hazards of CdTe photovoltaic module production, use and decommissioning

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Health and environmental (H&E) risks presented by CdTe photovoltaic module production, use and decommissioning have been reviewed and discussed by several authors. Several H&E concerns exit. The estimated risks are based on extrapolations of toxicity, environmental mobility, and bioavailability data for other inorganic cadmium compounds. Little information, however, is available about CdTe itself. In response to the increased interest in CdTe, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has been engaged in a cooperative research program with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solid State Technology (IFT), and the GSF Institute of Chemical Ecology to develop fundamental ... continued below

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Moskowitz, P. D.; Steinberger, H. & Thumm, W. February 1, 1995.

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  • Moskowitz, P. D. Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)
  • Steinberger, H. Fraunhofer Institut fur Festkorpertechnologie, Munchen (Germany)
  • Thumm, W. GSF-Institute of Ecological Chemistry, Oberschleissheim (Germany)

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Health and environmental (H&E) risks presented by CdTe photovoltaic module production, use and decommissioning have been reviewed and discussed by several authors. Several H&E concerns exit. The estimated risks are based on extrapolations of toxicity, environmental mobility, and bioavailability data for other inorganic cadmium compounds. Little information, however, is available about CdTe itself. In response to the increased interest in CdTe, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has been engaged in a cooperative research program with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solid State Technology (IFT), and the GSF Institute of Chemical Ecology to develop fundamental toxicological and environmental data for CdTe. This paper describes the results of these studies, and their potential implications with respect to the H&E hazards presented by CdTe module production, use and decommissioning.

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  • 1. world conference on photovoltaic energy conversion,Waikoloa, HI (United States),5-9 Dec 1994

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  • Other: DE95006688
  • Report No.: BNL--61324
  • Report No.: CONF-941203--21
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH00016
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 10118975
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Moskowitz, P. D.; Steinberger, H. & Thumm, W. Health and environmental hazards of CdTe photovoltaic module production, use and decommissioning, article, February 1, 1995; Upton, New York. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1276869/: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.