The decision to resume production was made on 28 January, and the ramp up to full capacity will begin immediately.
“In the past years, the solar industry has been through a challenging period with overcapacity. As a consequence of this, Elkem Solar temporarily halted production. However, strong underlying demand growth and recent price increases enables Elkem Solar to restart production. We are currently experiencing increasing prices and demand for Elkem Solar Silicon®,” says CEO in Elkem Solar Inge Grubben-Strømnes.
Reduced costs and increased value
The Elkem Solar plant has not been running at full capacity since late 2011. During the period of production stoppages the organization has carried out important improvement projects to reduce cost and increase the value of the product.
Costs have been reduced through many small improvements implemented by the organization during the period of production halt. In the same way the value of the product is increased through further adaption to the customer’s process and field studies on how to capture the inherent advantages of Elkem Solar Silicon®.
Torgeir Ulset, Vice President Sales & Marketing in Elkem Solar, elaborates further:
“Independent tests in Hyderabad, India, and Alice Springs, Australia have revealed 2.5 per cent higher electricity production than modules produced with standard Polysilicon. This effect is caused by improved temperature coefficient and through the electrical properties and composition of trace elements in ESS®.”
The world’s cleanest and most energy efficient solar silicon production process
“Elkem Solar has the world's cleanest and most energy efficient process for the production of silicon for solar cells. ESS® has been CO2certified in Japan with a footprint of 1.2 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour for 20-30 years,” says Ulset.
For more information, contact
Torgeir Ulset, Vice President Sales & Marketing, tel.: +47 911 92 770
Inge Grubben-Strømnes, CEO Elkem Solar, tel.: +47 977 19 972
Facts about Elkem Solar
- Established in 2009 in Kristiansand, Norway - Invested NOK 4.2 bn NOK.
- 200 employees
- Annual capacity of 6,000 tons Elkem Solar Silicon (ESS®), a silicon for solar cells. In the production of ESS®, only 25 percent of the energy required in the traditional production of solar silicon is used.
- Elkem Solar has the world's cleanest and most energy efficient process for the production of silicon for solar cells. ESS® has been CO2certified in Japan with a footprint of 1.2 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour for 20-30 years
- Independent research and tests in India and Australia shows that, due to a better temperature coefficient, solar modules with ESS® produce about 2.5 per cent more electricity than modules produced with standard Polysilicon at high temperatures and direct solar radiation