GT Solar has made available a silane production package, which bundles the company’s silane technology expertise with its proprietary equipment. This new package allows customers in the solar PV, semiconductor, and flat panel display industries to secure their own source of ultrapure silane gas using cost-effective, local production facilities.
The new offering combines a modular equipment solution and basic engineering package that lets companies construct silane plants and begin delivering silane gas within 24 months. The package includes design, fabrication, quality control, training, and technical support services, as well as a modular silane production plant, complete with piping, instrumentation, and analytical equipment.
“Increased demand from the semiconductor, photovoltaic, and flat panel display industries has resulted in shortages of silane gas accompanied by rising prices,” said Dave Keck, VP/GM of GT Solar’s polysilicon business. “As the need for silane gas continues to grow, companies around the globe are beginning to seek more secure solutions. With silane production a natural extension of our existing, well-proven polysilicon and trichlorosilane production plant capabilities, we believe we are well positioned to take advantage of these adjacent market opportunities.
“Similar to what we are experiencing in polysilicon production, where GT Solar’s efforts with new entrants are drastically augmenting polysilicon supply, we expect that our technology and know-how will help create a new class of regional competitors in the silane market. As a result, we anticipate that silane users will have more choice, and there will be a reduced reliance on the one, primary supplier that currently exists,” he concluded.