2013 is the 125th anniversary of the UA School of Mines
Researchers at the University of Arizona conducted a worldwide analysis of silica resources and identified several very high-purity deposits suitable for producing solar-grade silicon – the raw material from which solar cells are made. Our scientists also developed a better way to produce silicon for the photovoltaic industry – a method that cuts the cost of making solar silicon by 60 percent, reduces capital investment by 90 percent and energy consumption by 80 percent – while producing no hazardous waste. With ready reserves of high-grade silica, this low-cost solar silicon process is a gamechanger for the PV industry. We’re partnering with Intex Silicon Corporation to bring this technology to market. Proven at the pilot manufacturing scale, the next step is to fund and build a full-scale manufacturing facility. With significant cost reductions, the PV business is projected to grow into a $1 trillion industry by 2020.
For more information, contact Dr. David C. Lynch at:
Friday, November 8, 2013
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: Douglas B. Silver, Board Chair
J. David Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources
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