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HPQ-Silicon partner begins commissioning PureVap plant

2021-10-21 13:31 ET - News Release

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Mr. Bernard Tourillon reports


HPQ-Silicon Resources Inc. has informed shareholders that further to its June 10 and Aug. 18, 2021, releases, technology provider PyroGenesis Canada Inc. has confirmed that, after all delays related to COVID-19, the last missing component, the power supply, has been delivered to PyroGenesis's facility in Montreal. PyroGenesis has begun the commissioning of the Gen3 PureVap quartz reduction reactor (QRR) pilot plant.

Pilot plant testing to validate PureVap QRR game-changing advantages

The PureVap QRR is a new innovative process, which will permit the one-step transformation of quartz (SiO2) into high-purity silicon metal (greater than 99.5 per cent Si, referred to as 2N plus) (patent pending No. 1) at reduced costs, energy input and carbon footprint. The central advantage of the process is its unique capability (patent pending No. 2) of continuously operating the unique carbothermic process, resulting in the early removal of impurities. Importantly, the process does not necessitate the extremely pure feedstock required by conventional processes to make standard-purity Si (98.5 per cent to 99.4 per cent Si). The process also requires 4.5 million tonnes of raw material to make one million tonne of silicon, versus six million tonnes of conventional, a 25-per-cent reduction which potentially allows a 20-per-cent cash cost advantage versus the lowest-cost producer using the traditional processes.

Silicon market deficit at 92,000 Mt, prices soaring, new greenfield developments needed

Recent market events are focusing attention on the fact that silicon, also known as silicon metal, is one of today's key strategic energy metals needed to meet the goal of decarbonizing the economy by 2050. High-purity silicon (2N plus) is in very high demand due to the underlying needs for silicon as feedstock for polysilicon (solar and electronics), the emerging batteries sectors, and the more typical industrial silicone applications, at a time when capacity is simply not available to meet demand. This is a result of several of the old energy intensive plants, mothballed during the COVID-19 pandemic, being not economically or environmentally viable to return on-line. New greenfield projects will be needed to meet demand, and the PureVap QRR technology is well positioned to eventually become the industry's option of choice.

"HPQ has been at the forefront of low-cost green silicon innovation developments since 2015, and with the commissioning of the Gen3 PureVap QRR pilot plant, our timing couldn't be better. With ESG (environmental social and governance) principles playing an active role in materials sourcing, the world is waking up to the difficulty of securing the ESG-compliant silicon needed to meet its renewable energy goals. The reality of chronic underinvestment in new technologies combined with the offshoring of silicon production capacity, has created a massive opportunity for HPQ and its PureVap QRR process, as we are the only company to bring to market a new process to make silicon that is perfectly suited to the new demands and realities of the silicon market," said Bernard Tourillon, president and chief executive officer of HPQ-Silicon.

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada, a high-tech company, is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes and sustainable solutions which reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and are economically attractive alternatives to conventional dirty processes. PyroGenesis has created proprietary, patented and advanced plasma technologies that are being vetted and adopted by multiple multibillion-dollar industry leaders in four massive markets: iron ore pelletization, aluminum, waste management and additive manufacturing. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of its Montreal office, and its 3,800-square-metre and 2,940-square-metre manufacturing facilities, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. The operations are ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified, having been ISO certified since 1997.

About HPQ-Silicon Resources Inc.

HPQ-Silicon Resources is a Quebec-based innovative silicon solutions company that offers innovative silica- (SiO2), silicon-based solutions and is developing a unique portfolio of high value-added Si products sought after by battery and electric vehicle manufacturers.

Silicon, also known as silicon metal, is one of today's key strategic materials needed for the decarbonization of the economy and the renewable energy revolution (RER). However, silicon does not exist in its pure state and must be extracted from quartz (SiO2) in what has historically been a capital and energy-intensive process.

With PyroGenesis Canada, HPQ is developing:

  1. The PureVap quartz reduction reactors (QRR), an innovative process (patent pending), which will permit the one-step transformation of quartz (SiO2) into high-purity silicon (Si) at reduced costs, energy input and carbon footprint that will propagate its considerable renewable energy potential;
  2. Through its 100-per-cent-owned subsidiary HPQ Nano Silicon Powders Inc., the PureVap nano silicon reactor (NSiR) is a new proprietary process that can use material produced by the QRR as feedstock, to make a wide range of nano/micro spherical powders of different sizes and nanowires;
  3. Through its second 100-per-cent-owned subsidiary HPQ Silica Polvere Inc., HPQ is developing a new plasma-based process that will allows a direct quartz-to-fumed silica transformation, removing the usage of hazardous chemical in the making of fumed silica and eliminating the hydrogen chloride gas associated with its manufacturing.

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