Wacker Polysilicon Plant Celebrates Grand Opening

May 18, 2016

Wacker Chemie recently celebrated the opening of their newest polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee.

Distillation Towers at the Charleston Tennessee Plant.
Credit Wacker Chemical Corporation

Polysilicon is a highly pure form of silicon that is used in most solar energy applications, as well as electrical components. It is also the Earth’s second most abundant element.

Wacker spent $2.5 billion on the construction of the plant, which is their largest investment to date. The plant took a total of five years to build and utilizes 40% of the land that Wacker purchased in Charleston.

Once the site is fully operational, it will employee a staff of around 650 people. So far, about 1,000 metric tons of polysilicon have been produced at the plant and over 20,000 tons will be produced per year.