Company history

Advancing materials, advancing technology.

With over 25 years in the industry, REC Silicon has a rich history of business, process, and product innovation.

1983-1984 

Union Carbide Corporation constructs facility (Silicon I) in Moses Lake, Washington USA. Products made include silane gas and polycrystalline silicon.

1990 

Moses Lake facility purchased by Komatsu Ltd., creating Advanced Silicon Materials Inc., (ASiMI). Silane gas and polysilicon manufactured for electronic industry.

1996-1998 

ASiMI constructs facility in Butte, Montana USA (Silicon II). Silane gas and polysilicon manufactured for electronic industry.

2002 

Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) enters into Joint Venture with Komatsu – Moses Lake facility becomes Solar Grade Silicon LLC (SGS), and first polysilicon manufacturer of polysilicon dedicated for the solar industry.

2005 

ASiMI (Silicon II) and remaining shares of SGS (Silicon I) purchased by REC, creating REC Silicon.

2006 

REC Silicon breaks ground on Silicon III in Moses Lake with a new silane plant and a new Fluid Bed Reactor (FBR) technlogy facility that is the largest of its kind in the world. REC also decides to invest in additional debottlenecking at the Butte facility. REC goes public and lists on Oslo stock exchange.

2007 

REC decides to invest in additional production capacity – Silicon IV, by putting in another silane adjacent to the Silicon III silane unit in Moses Lake.

2009 

Start-up of Silicon III's silane facility and Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR) technology. REC Silicon purchases Komatsu Ltd’s 25% ownership interest in Butte facility (Silicon II).

2010 

Silicon IV starts production in June, grand opening for Silicon III and Silicon IV.

2013

Renewable Energy Corporation ASA splits organization into two pure-play companies well positioned for the strong long-term fundamentals of solar energy: REC Solar ASA and REC Silicon ASA.

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