Largest polysilicon plant coming to Spain

The Spanish region of Andalusia will host what is planned to be one of the world’s largest polysilicon (polySi) factories, currently in negotiation between ISOFOTON and the South Korean company HKSilicon. The plant will produce 10K tons of polysilicon for the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) panels.

June 3, 2011 — The Spanish region of Andalusia will host what is planned to be one of the world’s largest polysilicon (polySi) factories, currently in negotiation between ISOFOTON president Ángel Luis Serrano and the South Korean company HKSilicon. The plant will produce polysilicon for the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) panels.

HKSilicon will invest €600m in the Silicio Energía project, as well as supplying technology for the facility. The polysilicon plant will have a manufacturing capacity of 10K tons and is sited in Los Barrios, Cádiz. It should create more than 1 thousand jobs.

The project was proposed before (at 2.5K tons), but put off by the recent economic crisis. Isofoton was aquired by Affirma and Top-Tec, bringing majority shareholder Angel Luis Serrano up as president of Silicio Energía 8 months ago. He spearheaded reviving the polysilicon project and expanding the size.

The Regional Government of Andalusia’s Idea agency is part of the investment process, working closely with Silicio Energía to attract similar investment as part of the regional government’s photovoltaic industry push. The polysilicon plant will give Spain a foothold in each step in the photovoltaic module manufacturing chain.

Spain, and particularly the Andalusia region, has abundant solar exposure, which was one reason why the South Korean company decided to locate the polySi plant there, says Isofoton.

ISOFOTON is a global company in design, manufacturing, and supply of solar energy: photovoltaic, thermal, and high concentration photovoltaic (CPV). For more information, contact Maria Jesús González-Espejo at Isofoton, m.gonzalez@isofoton.com

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