Silicor Materials and MT Højgaard to construct 16,000 MT poly plant

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Silicor Materials is moving towards developing the first polysilicon plant to use its production process, which is claims can produce solar grade silicon at reduced production costs and in a more environmentally friendly manner.

MT Højgaard will design and construct the plant, with the two firms having worked for one year on the plant’s design.

The 12,000 square-meter facility will supply exclusively the solar industry with polysilicon, with construction scheduled to commence in early 2016.

Silicor reports that its process use aluminum to naturally draw impurities from metallurgical grad silicon, in a closed-loop process that yields salable aluminum products as a byproduct. It says the process uses two thirds less energy and also uses fewer toxic chemicals common in the polysilicon purification processes.

Silicor Materials secured the land and port agreements for the plant in April, having signed a production equipment contract with SMS Siemag the previous month.

“One by one, we continue to check off the boxes required to get our commercial-scale plant in the ground… with some of the biggest names in the business,” said Terry Jester, CEO of Silicor Materials. “MT Højgaard’s unparalleled experience across the North Atlantic region has proven to be a major asset to our team throughout this process, and we look forward to planting the first shovel in the ground on this world-class facility.”

Silicor Materials process was selected by pv magazine in April as one of its “50 Technology Highlights” in a special free download available here. Silicor Materials is based in San Jose, California.