Hoku Materials Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoku Corp., has begun producing polysilicon at its manufacturing facility in Pocatello, Idaho.
Hoku produced the material after completing a comprehensive system commissioning protocol, which culminated in deposition runs in a select number of its installed polysilicon reactors. The company says the primary purpose of the testing was to confirm system integrity and validate operating procedures.
Hoku operated the reactors continuously for approximately five days during the final phases of the commissioning procedure. During these live reactor runs, Hoku utilized trichlorosilane purchased from third-party suppliers. This is the same product that the company plans to use during its initial commercial production runs this year.
SOURCE: Hoku Corp.