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Two new contracts ensure the start-up of production now – and after the summer

Photo of David Verdu in produciton hall

David Verdu, REC Solar Norway's plant Managing Director, prepares for the production of silicon ingots at the Herøya plant. Photo: Ole Bjørn Ulsnæs

"We are now about to press the button to start production at the plant in Herøya," says David Verdu, Managing Director at REC Solar Norway AS.

It is a happy and pleased David Verdu speaking on the phone from Kristiansand. "The production equipment we need to start-up is just around the corner."

David Verdu spoke to the local newspaper, TA, in March about production start-up and the equipment they needed from China. Now, two months later the equipment will soon be on site.

Two contracts

Portrait of  David Verdu

Verdu describes the two contracts.  

"We have received two contracts, which guarantees a sub-production for our 18 employees, now before the summer and after the summer. We will supply 130 tonnes of silicon ingots to a Chinese manufacturer, who will then deliver solar panels for the French market," explains Verdu. 

The only one in the world to pay for a low carbon footprint

"The French market is extremely important to us," says David Verdu.

"France is the only market in the world to pay for a low carbon footprint. And we are the only ones to supply silicon ingots with the world's lowest climate footprint. We need more of these customers."

Hope for additional New Green Deals

"I wish the rest of the EU will follow France and commit to the New Green Deal, not just for those of us in the solar industry, but for the whole of Europe and industry's opportunities to develop. European industry relies on finding customers willing to pay for a low climate footprint," adds Verdu.

Testing the possibility of 100 percent circular production

The climate footprint needs to be even lower insists the plant manager.

"REC Solar invests in development projects", says Verdu. "Within the year, we will be able to run 100 percent circular production. This means that natural quartz as a raw material is replaced 100 percent with waste. We are looking at areas where no one has yet to succeed, including recycling sawdust from wafer sawing to become a new raw material into the production in Kristiansand and on to the production of silicon blocks at Herøya."

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