Lost and Found

Quong, Andrea
April 2007
Red Herring;4/23/2007, Vol. 4 Issue 15, p13
Trade Publication
The article presents information on the upgradation of the silicon-making technology used to make solar-grade silicon. The technology has been updated by scientists at SRI International, a Menlo Park, California-based nonprofit research institute and licensed it to three Asian companies. Larry Dubois, SRI's vice president of the physical sciences division, said that it is a great breakthrough and could have a real impact on the solar energy industry. He said that SRI's technology promises to make solar-grade silicon for $14 per kilogram. The technology, which was originally funded by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy, promised to be cheaper and less energy-intensive than conventional methods.


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