Elkem Solar has decided to restart solar ingot production in Porsgrunn, Norway

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Oslo – 19 February 2016: Elkem Solar has decided to restart parts of the former REC wafer factory in Porsgrunn, Norway to produce ingots to solar panels.

– We have spent the last months verifying the concept and have now decided to take over the plant. We want to continue developing new renewable energy technology and expect to restart production during H2 2016, saysCEO of Elkem Solar Inge Grubben-Strømnes.

In September 2015 Elkem Solar announced the intention to take over the old REC factory at Herøya, Porsgrunn in Norway to start solar ingot production. The ingots will be produced using Elkem Solar Silicon® (ESS®) from Elkem Solar in Kristiansand. The blocks will be shipped to REC Solar in Singapore, which is a part of the Elkem Group. The development will create around 70 new jobs.

–The two factories in Porsgrunn and Kristiansand will become part of the world’s most cost- and energy  efficient value chain from quartz to solar panels, says Grubben-Strømnes. – This move enhances the integration between Elkem Solar and REC Solar and shows our ambition to grow.

For more information, please contact:

Inge Grubben Strømnes, CEO of Elkem Solar: +47 977 19 972

Kristin Karlstad, VP Public Relations, Elkem Solar: +47 992 26 604


About Elkem Solar: Elkem Solar has developed and industrialised a proprietary break-through production technology for solar grade silicon, ESS®, requiring approximately 25% of the energy compared to traditional methods. Elkem Solar is situated in Kristiansand, Norway, and the company currently employs approximately 190 people. Elkem Solar is part of the Elkem group, which took over REC Solar in 2015. Read more about Elkem Solar here: www.elkemsolar.com


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