New York (TGW) – IBM said this week it has developed a silicon wafer recycling system.
It estimates that the silicon from the discarded wafers could generate 13.5 megawatts of solar energy.
This comes as a relief to the solar power industry, which, with grow, has caused a refined silicon shortage.
"One of the challenges facing the solar industry is a severe shortage of silicon, which threatens to stall its rapid growth," Charles Bai, chief financial officer of Chinese solar company ReneSola, said in a statement about the IBM recycling. "This is why we have turned to reclaimed silicon materials sourced primarily from the semiconductor industry to supply the raw material our company needs."
Via :: Reuters