Canada-based Trio Resources Inc. has joined a consortium that is researching ways to take arsenic, a waste product commonly found in mines across Canada, and use it in the production of solar panels. Trio says it will work with scientists in Europe and North America to replace silicon in photovoltaic cells with gallium arsenide (GaAs).
Trio says it will focus its research efforts on developing environmental improvements to capture arsenic from its ore bodies that can be used in the development of GaAs. The company says GaAs solar panels require less voltage to enter saturation, providing better photo response and electron mobility, and generating a wider operating temperature.
‘We are excited to be a part of this innovative project, which seeks to take arsenic, a potentially hazardous material commonly found in tailings ponds, and develop it into a useful product that could contribute to the proliferation of clean energy,’ says Duncan Reid, CEO of Trio Resources.