By Nick Gilbert
Fluor has announced that the company has built a polysilicon facility for LDK Solar in China, which will be one of the largest production plants in the globe. Engineering, procurement and construction management services (EPCM) were offered by the company to the facility that manufactures solar-grade silicon for use in the photovoltaic industry.
Flour completed the first production line out of three in record time and enables LDK Solar to commence the primary production of photovoltaic polycrystalline silicon. The company completed the second line construction during July 2011 and the last line by late 2011.
According to the Senior Vice President of Fluor's Energy & Chemicals group, Ken Choudhary, the company is delighted to collaborate with LDK Solar in order to construct this sophisticated chemical facility, which will lead the photovoltaic sector for a long time. He applauded LDK Solar’s confidence in Fluor to continue expansion of this plant and assist in bringing down the plant’s total life-cycle facility costs.
New technologies are being implemented at this modern plant in order to increase the production and Flour is offering debottlenecking services to the facility continuously.
In the solar value chain, the polysilicon production seems to be most complex part. Small silicon crystals constitute the polysilicon material, which is a main element used in photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into electricity.