Silver important in solar power

Report by the Silver Institute

Silver's important role in solar power

Silver is a malleable, white and lustrous precious metal which has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of all metals. Consequently, its thermal and electrical conductivity properties make it an essential industrial metal. One of the most important industrial uses for silver, alongside electronics, is in photovoltaic (PV) cells, which are the building blocks of solar panels. Silver pastes are a critical part of PV cell manufacturing, where they form a conductive layer on both the front and rear sides of silicon solar decarbonise their energy sources, while further clarifying the potential pathway for the industry to a net-zero carbon future.

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