1366 Technologies provides customers with high-performance silicon wafers that both leverage their existing billion-dollar cell and module investments and enable a long-term, differentiated product roadmap. We believe that our technology has immense potential to change the world's ability to access solar, and our vision for the future is one where solar energy displaces coal as the cheapest fuel source on the planet. We are convinced that this will happen before the end of the decade. 1366 Technologies will play an important role in getting us there.
Since the 1970s, silicon wafers have been made using a casting and sawing method. Manufacturers must first cast the pure silicon into large blocks of crystalline silicon, called ingots. These ingots are cut into bricks, polished, and then sliced into wafers. It's during this final step where nearly half of the raw material is wasted, ground into dust or kerf