Accession Number:

ADA205640

Title:

Electrometallurgy of Silicon

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for 1 Jun-1 Sep 1988

Corporate Author:

FRANK J SEILER RESEARCH LAB UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

Several industrial and government laboratories are of the opinion that solar-cell technology will grown into a billion-dollar industry by the year 2000, especially if oil prices rise again. Of the variety of materials that have been investigated as the major component of photovoltaic systems, silicon appears to have an outstanding advantage. The cost factor is the primary importance in photovoltaic development, since the technology to make silicon cells of acceptable efficiency and life time has existed since the early stage of the space program. Electrometallurgy is one of the low-cost processes for the production of silicon, since it allows direct, single-stage production from some abundant, inexpensive source materials such as silica and fluorosilicates. Among several systems, two are given particular attention, using inorganic baths with SiO2 or K2SiF6 as the source of silicon respectively. Reprints.

Subject Categories:

  • Inorganic Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE