Linde starts hydrogen supply Wacker polysilicon plant
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Linde starts hydrogen supply for Wacker polysilicon plant

5:22 AM, 18th August 2017
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BRIDGEWATER, US: Linde North America Inc, a member of The Linde Group has successfully started supplying ultra-high purity hydrogen and steam to Wacker for its polysilicon plant located in Charleston, Tennessee. 

Wacker's state-of-the-art multi-product facility, which recently began operating in Tennessee, can produce 20,000 tons per annum of polysilicon, a basic ingredient in the manufacture of solar panels and semiconductors. Linde's ultra-high purity hydrogen and steam are essential to Wacker's production of polysilicon for these consumer markets.

The latest hydrogen supply agreement with WACKER underscores Linde's focus on investing to meet demand growth in US.

The new Wacker plant uses Linde's state-of-the-art steam methane reforming and pressure-swing adsorption technologies to produce the ultra-high purity product as required by Wacker. Linde also supplies Wacker with steam produced in the reforming process.

"Linde has a long relationship with Wacker, as we have supplied gas products to multiple Wacker operations around the world.  We are very proud to extend our relationship as the supplier of ultra-high purity hydrogen and steam for Wacker's new plant in US," said Jens Luehring, president of Linde Americas.

"Wacker operates North America's largest and most modern polysilicon plant, supplying highest quality polysilicon to leading solar cell manufacturers around the globe. We rely on a stable on-site supply of high purity hydrogen from Linde," said David Wilhoit, president & CEO Wacker Chemical Corporation.

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