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Title: Recycling of CdTe photovoltaic waste

Abstract

A method for extracting and reclaiming metals from scrap CdTe photovoltaic cells and manufacturing waste by leaching the waste with a leaching solution comprising nitric acid and water, skimming any plastic material from the top of the leaching solution, separating the glass substrate from the liquid leachate and electrolyzing the leachate to separate Cd from Te, wherein the Te is deposits onto a cathode while the Cd remains in solution.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. (Charlotte, NC)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Drinkard Metalox, Inc., Charlotte, NC (US)
OSTI Identifier:
872725
Patent Number(s):
5997718
Assignee:
Drinkard Metalox, Inc. (Charlotte, NC) CHO
DOE Contract Number:  
FG02-95ER81951
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
recycling; cdte; photovoltaic; waste; method; extracting; reclaiming; metals; scrap; cells; manufacturing; leaching; solution; comprising; nitric; acid; water; skimming; plastic; material; top; separating; glass; substrate; liquid; leachate; electrolyzing; separate; cd; deposits; cathode; remains; plastic material; cdte photovoltaic; photovoltaic cells; nitric acid; solution comprising; glass substrate; photovoltaic cell; leaching solution; scrap cdte; reclaiming metals; comprising nitric; photovoltaic waste; manufacturing waste; /205/423/

Citation Formats

Goozner, Robert E., Long, Mark O., and Drinkard, Jr., William F. Recycling of CdTe photovoltaic waste. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Goozner, Robert E., Long, Mark O., & Drinkard, Jr., William F. Recycling of CdTe photovoltaic waste. United States.
Goozner, Robert E., Long, Mark O., and Drinkard, Jr., William F. Fri . "Recycling of CdTe photovoltaic waste". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/872725.
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title = {Recycling of CdTe photovoltaic waste},
author = {Goozner, Robert E. and Long, Mark O. and Drinkard, Jr., William F.},
abstractNote = {A method for extracting and reclaiming metals from scrap CdTe photovoltaic cells and manufacturing waste by leaching the waste with a leaching solution comprising nitric acid and water, skimming any plastic material from the top of the leaching solution, separating the glass substrate from the liquid leachate and electrolyzing the leachate to separate Cd from Te, wherein the Te is deposits onto a cathode while the Cd remains in solution.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1999},
month = {1}
}

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