Michigan, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation has started production at its new polysilicon facility. The new plant will nearly double the company’s output of polysilicon and will be used in both the solar energy and semiconductor industries. The new facility will produce approximately 9,000 metric tons of new polysilicon capacity.This will bring the company’s annual production capacity to approximately 19,000 metric tons by the end of 2008, making it one of the the largest polysilicon facilities in the world. Hemlock Semiconductor expects to complete an additional expansion with operations and supply beginning in 2010. This expansion will increase the total capacity from the Hemlock site to 36,000 tons by the end of 2011.
“Delivering polysilicon from our new facility as quickly as possible was essential to meet our customers’ expectations,” said Hemlock Semiconductor President and CEO Rick Doornbos. “These customers have put a lot of faith in us and the additional quantities of silicon feedstock will enable them to advance solar technology throughout the globe.”