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HPQ Silicon, PyroGenesis enter reactor start-up phase

2022-09-07 11:45 ET - News Release

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Mr. Bernard Tourillon of HPQ reports


HPQ Silicon Inc. would like to inform shareholders of a significant milestone achieved in the continuing Purevap pilot plant testing process, as reported in its Aug. 10, 2022, release. Technology provider PyroGenesis Canada Inc. has completed the Gen3 Purevap quartz reduction reactor (QRR) pilot plant system integration validation phase. This first phase is a key milestone of the research and development program.

HPQ Gen3 Purevap QRR pilot plant R&D (research and development) testing program advancing on schedule

The Gen3 Purevap QRR pilot plant is a first-of-its-kind state-of-the-art prototype comprising multiple systems that must operate under harsh conditions, extremely high temperatures and under vacuum. With the systems integration now completed, the next milestones in PyroGenesis's meticulous approach are:

  1. Reactor start-up, a duration of about one month will be allocated to this phase;
  2. Four process improvement tests, a duration of about two months will be allocated to this phase;
  3. Operating the Gen3 QRR continuously, with non-stop production, during the remaining time.

As with all R&D projects, particularly with new process technology, the timeline is subject to change. PyroGenesis is confident that the program will allow HPQ to validate and quantify the previously completed Gen1 and Gen2 Purevap QRR testing phase results:

  1. Produce silicon (Si) material of higher purity than any traditional processes, in a single step;
  2. That it can do so from raw material sources without the need for extremely pure feedstock as required by conventional processes;
  3. That it only requires 4.5 MT (million tonnes) of raw material to make one MT of silicon versus the six MT required by conventional processes, a 25-per-cent reduction;
  4. That it can do so at a lower cost advantage versus all traditional silicon producers.

Furthermore, once process improvement tests start, HPQ will commence:

  1. Using the Si produced for downstream testing and production of HPQ high-value-add products;
  2. Providing samples to potential offtakers to allow for product customization;
  3. Planning the deployment of commercial-scale production systems (Purevap QRR 4.0) capable of producing 2,500 tonnes per year of high-purity silicon material.

"Some investors will question our need to allocate about a month to the Purevap Gen3 QRR pilot plant reactor start-up, but they need to realize that the Gen3 is a scaled-up version of our Gen1 and Gen2 test platforms by a factor of about 200 times. Starting up the reactor, on this first-of-its-kind state-of-the-art prototype, requires more steps than just flipping on a switch. Our goal is to disrupt silicon manufacturing -- an industry that still relies on a conventional process developed back in the 1890s. Following our methodical approach, we are on the right path to validate our disruptive potential," said Bernard Tourillon, president and chief executive officer of HPQ Silicon. "HPQ is the only company that will bring to market a new process for manufacturing silicon that is perfectly suited to the new demands and realities of today's silicon market. With ESG [Environmental, social and governance] principles playing an active role in materials sourcing and with recent geopolitical unrest emphasizing the need for stable trade partners and supply security, global corporations are becoming more aware of the difficulties in securing the ESG-compliant silicon needed to meet their renewable energy agenda. The reality of chronic underinvestment in new technologies, combined with the offshoring of silicon production capacity, is creating massive opportunities for HPQ and its Purevap QRR patented process."

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 three massive markets: iron ore pelletization, aluminum, waste management and additive manufacturing.

About HPQ Silicon Inc.

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

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