MONTREAL, June 7th, 2019 /PVBUZZ MEDIA/ — HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. – (www.HPQSilicon.com) (TSX-V: HPQ), (OTCPink: URAGF), (FWB: UGE) is pleased to announce that PyroGenesis Canada Inc (“PyroGenesis”) (TSX-V: PYR) has started, on June 4th, the construction required for the HPQ dedicated section of its facility, where the Gen3 PUREVAP™ will be operated.
“We are now very close to the start of the most exciting and potentially rewarding phase of the project: validating commercial scalability,” said Mr. Bernard Tourillon, President and CEO of HPQ Silicon Resources Inc.
Since 2015 HPQ Silicon has been working on developing a new process for producing high-grade Silicon metal (Si) for the manufacture of solar cells.
The PUREVAP™ QRR process converts Quartz into 99.9% Silicon Metal, (referred to as 4N) in a single step. At this purity, the metal can then be refined metallurgically to 5N (SoG-Si). The whole process uses far less energy and materials – and costs less – than the traditional process.
In 2015 PyroGenesis presented a proof-of-concept (GEN 1) process, which was tested through 2016 and led to the improved design of a GEN 2 reactor, which was operating by late 2017.
In late 2018, the GEN2 reactor was successful in replicating and improving GEN1 results in commercial scalability proof-of-concept tests which was a major milestone for the project.
“Our pre-commercialization work leading up to this point has allowed us to identify additional segments beyond solar energy applications where the PUREVAP™ QRR process is game-changing,” adds Mr. Tourillon. “The idea now is to produce material with our Gen2 for samples for various clients in multiple industries. We expect that we will be able to fulfill orders from production at the pilot plant and begin to generate revenue in the months following the start of the pilot plant.”
With the successful GEN1 and GEN2, a GEN3 pilot was commissioned and is currently being assembled in a dedicated area at PyroGenesis’ facility in Montréal.
PILOT PLANT ASSEMBLY ENTERING FINAL STAGE
The need to reinforce the concrete floor underneath the pilot plant combined with final design improvements done to the Gen3 PUREVAP™ pilot plant design changed our original timeline, but assembly work is now currently underway.
Final assembly of the pilot plant at its permanent location in the PyroGenesis facility should be completed in Q3. The Gen3 PUREVAP™ pilot plant testing program, including plant commissioning, will start in Q4.
This News Release is available on the company’s CEO Verified Discussion Forum, a moderated social media platform that enables civilized discussion and Q&A between Management and Shareholders.
About HPQ Silicon
HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. is a TSX-V listed resource company focuses on becoming a vertically integrated and diversified High Purity, Solar Grade Silicon Metal (SoG-Si) producer and a manufacturer of multi and monocrystalline solar cells of the P and N types, required for the production of high-performance photovoltaic conversion.
HPQ’s goal is to develop, in collaboration with industry leaders, PyroGenesis (TSX-V: PYR) and Apollon Solar, that are experts in their fields of interest, the innovative PUREVAPTM “Quartz Reduction Reactors (QRR)”, a truly 2.0 Carbothermic process (patent pending), which will permit the transformation and purification of quartz (SiO2) into high purity silicon metal (Si) in one step and reduce by a factor of at least two-thirds (2/3) the costs associated with the transformation of quartz (SiO2) into SoG Si. The pilot plant equipment that will validate the commercial potential of the process is on schedule to start in 2019.
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