6N Silicon, a Canadian start-up that says it has coined a method for producing silicon on the cheap, has secured up to $20 million dollars in second-round funding. The money will be used to pave the way toward mass production.
Getting adequate supplies of silicon has been a challenge for the solar-panel world. A shortage of silicon caused prices of both silicon and solar panels to soar upward in 2004 and the shortage continues. In 2006, solar-panel makers for the first time bought more silicon than chipmakers. Both fields have used the same type of silicon--electronic-grade polycrystalline silicon--which is … Read more