Out of the Frying Pan

5/16/09 – Armed Forces Day

Energy Independence Energy Security

Thanks to the sun, man has a diversity of supply in terms of form and location. This diversity of supply is the best source of energy security. Indeed, energy suppliers want a diversity of consumers for similar reasons.

Solar Security?

Photovoltaic technology requires the use of the following materials:

  • Silicon
    • High purity silica
  • CIGS
    • Copper
    • Indium
    • Gallium
    • diSelenide
  • Cd-Te
    • Cadmium
    • Tellurium

However, if you thought dependence on Middle East oil is a problem, what does the following tell us?

Import Dependence

Element Dependence Source
Indium 100% China
Selenide 50% ? Central Africa, Canada, Philippines
Tellurium 50% ? Central Africa
Gallium 100 % China, Russia, Ukraine
Copper 35% South America
(Research by Dr. Jim Burnell, Colorado Geologic Survey)

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