Hoku Materials Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoku Corp., has signed a supply agreement with Evonik Degussa Corp. for the purchase of trichlorosilane (TCS), a key process chemical used in the manufacturing of polysilicon.
Hoku plans to use the TCS supplied by Evonik, together with TCS from other potential suppliers, to support the first phase of commercial production at its polysilicon facility in Pocatello, Idaho.
According to the terms of the agreement, Evonik will supply Hoku with a guaranteed quantity of TCS during the initial contract term of approximately one year. Hoku will have the option to request quantities of TCS in addition to the monthly guaranteed take-or-pay amount.
Regular deliveries are expected to begin in July, although Hoku has the option to request earlier shipments, as required. Hoku is using a limited quantity of TCS already supplied by Evonik for Hoku's reactor test demonstration this month, in addition to TCS supplied by another producer.
SOURCE: Hoku Corp.