The company just launched a project that can radically improve its patented, energy-effective production process of high-purity silicon for the solar industry.
Following promising results in small-scale testing, Elkem Solar has launched a project to further increase its energy efficiency. By improving the solar silicon production process, Elkem's R&D team aims at achieving a 30% energy reduction in full-scale production. Estimated to last for 2.5 years and cost NOK 100 million, the project was recently granted NOK 25 million in financial support from Innovation Norway, a government agency with the objective to foster innovation activity in public and private sectors.
Geir Ausland, plant manager at Elkem Solar says the project will help to further strengthen the company's competitive position.