Modeling the Process of Mining Silicon

The heart of this activity is a laboratory investigation that models the production of silicon. The activity is an investigation of silicon: the sources, uses, properties, importance in the fields of photovoltaics (solar cells/renewable energy) and integrated circuits industries, and, to a limited extent, environmental impact of silicon production.

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Andrea Vermeer
Alexis Durow
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
Activity takes two class periods. Additional materials are needed.

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