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ROSI

Incorporated startups

Recycle of Silicon

profilePhoto   Philippe Mattia
Linksium Contact Philippe Mattia +33 (0)4 57 13 81 65 philippe.mattia@linksium.fr
profilePhoto   Yun Luo, CEO
ROSI SOLAR Yun Luo, CEO +33 (0)6 46 43 42 95 yun.luo@rosi-solar.com
16000 ROSI EN

Benefits

  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduction of energy consumption
  • Reduced consumption of natural resources
  • Reduction of the production cost of ultra-pure silicon

Key words

  • Silicon
  • Photovoltaic
  • Recycling
  • Circular economy

Intellectual Property

  • 1 knowhow
  • 2 patents

Partnerships & Rewards

  • 2019 French Deeptech Innovation Competition Winner

Laboratory

  • SIMAP

Institutions

  • CNRS
  • GRENOBLE INP
  • UGA

Linksium Continuum

  • Maturation
  • Incubation

Results

  • Incorporated startups

Context

The photovoltaic industry is currently facing two significant losses of very high purity silicon. Silicon accounts for the highest cost item and the largest greenhouse gas emissions during the manufacture of photovoltaic modules:
• During the manufacture of photovoltaic cells, 40% of the material is lost in the form of microchips.
• At the end of the life of the photovoltaic panels, silicon is not recycled for high added value applications.

Technology

ROSI's equipment uses an intelligent combination of micro-powder technology, silicon surface conditioning and a specific purification process.

Advantages

Low-cost process as a result of no high temperature and high pressure steps are involved before Silicon powder melting step.

State of progress

The processes used have been validated in the laboratory and tested on industrial machines. A complete pilot line will be finalized at the end of 2020 and the first industrial line for recycling photovoltaic panels will be installed in 2021.

Applications

Silicon recycled using ROSI's technologies can be directly reintegrated into the photovoltaic industry to produce new panels with a lower environmental impact. It can also be used in other industrial sectors using ultra-pure silicium: silane chemistry or future generations of lithium batteries.