Dupont and Others Working On Silver Alternatives for PV panels.
Of course you didn't think that solar industry wants to be held captive by silver hoarders did you?
Of course you didn't think companies wouldn't perform R&D on silver alternatives did you?
Progress continues. Enjoy silver's relatively recent usage in PV panels. An increase in silver price only makes the prize bigger for a company to find a better alternative than silver in a PV panel.
What happens then when silver usage in PV panels drops from consuming 11% of world's silver supply to 0%? Crash.
You've just had a small taste of it as solar glut hit.
Since there is no conductor better and cost effective to silver, alternatives have not been found after years of research.
Now we know why China, India, and Japan are hording silver and gold.
true, kind of. But I googled ....can solar panels be made without silver, ....and you can read the technology discussions on the topic.
and if you trend out electronics metal recycling (hard to find current data...imo), you could also start to say silver recycling will contribute more and more to satsifyng demand.
eventually though...we tend to waste all of our resources, and silver is one of many.
I wouldn't be quick to say that there will NEVER be a better alternative.
Of course you realize, as silver goes up and solar panel price increases, solar panel demand goes down.