Cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaics describes a photovoltaic (PV) technology that is based on the use of cadmium telluride thin film, a semiconductor layer designed to absorb and convert sunlight into electricity.
cadmium telluride PV is the only thin film pv technology to surpass crystalline silicon PV in cheapness for a significant portion of the PV market, namely in multi-kilowatt systems.
CdTe PV is considered the ecologically leading technology as it provides a solution to key ecological issues including climate change, energy security, and water scarcity.
It is also considered the most ecoefficient current PV technology when comparing a range of application scenarios e.g. commercial rooftop applications or large scale ground mount applications.