Due to the metal's production as a by-product of copper refining, as well as its dependence on certain technologies, prices for tellurium can be amongst the most volatile of any metal. Between 2009 and 2016, tellurium metal prices ranged from US$ 30 per kilogram to as high as $450 per kilogram.
Prices for tellurium peaked in early 2011, as the development of cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic cells increased consumption of the metal. Since then, prices have drifted downwards, as the adoption of solar technologies, including CdTe, has been slower than anticipated.
As a by-product metal, increases in copper, lead and zinc refining have resulted in the greater availability tellurium resources. This further pushed the price down through 2015. By early 2016, tellurium prices hit their lowest levels in over a decade.
SMI Ltd. stocks and supplies tellurium metal in purities from 99.5% min. In addition to metal ingots, we stock tellurium dioxide(TeO2). Please contact us to purchase tellurium, or to discuss the current tellurium price and your specific needs.