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  • IBM Pioneers Process to Turn Waste into Solar Energy

    IBM Pioneers Process to Turn Waste into Solar Energy


    Date added: 2007-10-30


    The IBM Burlington "trash to cash" team: Dave Domina, Steve Davis, Jamie Hardy, and Jim Procopio. Not available for the photo was Michelle Bolz.

     

     

     



  • IBM Turns Wafer Waste into Solar Energy

    IBM Turns Wafer Waste into Solar Energy


    Date added: 2007-10-30


    Shortage of silicon constrains growth of solar panel industry: IBM has developed a process for repurposing scrap silicon wafers from its chip manufacturing operations for use in energy-producing solar panels. In this photo Michelle Bolz, an IBM manufacturing engineer, holds a solar panel above a crate of scrap silicon wafers ready to be recycled. IBM intends to provide details of the new process to the broader semiconductor manufacturing industry.

     

     



  • IBM Turns Wafer Waste into Solar Energy

    IBM Turns Wafer Waste into Solar Energy


    Date added: 2007-10-30


    From silicon trash to solar energy: IBM engineers have invented a unique, eco-friendly way to recycle scrap silicon "wafers" -- the base material used for chips in everything from computers to consumer electronics. The new process has dual advantages for the environment, as it will help reduce the estimated 3 million silicon wafers discarded each year across the computer industry, while also providing new supplies of raw materials to the supply-constrained solar energy industry. In this photo James Procopio, an IBM chip manufacturing project manager, holds a semiconductor wafer prior to refurbishment and Michelle Bolz, an IBM manufacturing engineer, displays a solar panel. IBM intends to provide details of the new process to the broader semiconductor manufacturing industry.

     

     


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