Elkem Solar Grade Silicon Manufacturing Facility
11 / 06 / 2006
n 2006, Elkem engaged Charles Hayes and his team to provide project definition services for a 5,000 metric ton per year production facility for refined silicon metal to be used in solar cell fabrication.
This project was developmental in nature since the process is a scale up of their pilot plant. The process used is metallurgical and different from other solar-grade silicon production facilities that were currently being executed.
Elkem later awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction management contract for the project to Fluor. The project included the construction of four large new buildings, refurbishing two very old structures that contain the process elements, and the infrastructure for the facility.
Fluor was also responsible for managing the turnkey EPC contracts that Elkem awarded to suppliers of process equipment.