HPQ Fumed Silica Reactor Slashes CO2 Emissions in Fumed Silica Production By Over 50%

by Team HPQ

A Major Leap For Sustainability And Environmental Impact.

MONTREAL, Canada — HPQ Silicon Inc. (“HPQ” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: HPQ) (OTCQX: HPQFF) (FRA: O08), a technology company specializing in green engineering processes for silica and silicon material production, is pleased to update shareholders on the significant environmental benefits of the Fumed Silica Reactor (“Reactor”) currently being developed by its wholly-owned subsidiary, HPQ Silica Polvere Inc. (HPQ Polvere), in collaboration with technology provider PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (Pyrogenesis).

HPQ is excited to announce that, based on recent results published, the ground-breaking reactor technology is poised to achieve an outstanding reduction of over 50% in direct CO2e (CO2 equivalent) emissions associated with fumed silica production, surpassing conventional industry practices.

A cutting-Edge Technology Reducing Direct CO2 Emissions in Fumed Silica Production by Over 50%

Conventional fumed silica manufacturing processes rely on Silicon Metal (Si) as a feedstock, involving complex steps, high energy consumption, hazardous materials, and Hydrogen Chloride Gas (HCI) production as by-product. These processes result in a carbon footprint of 9.5 tonnes (t) CO2e/t of fumed silica ± 2.5t CO2e, with over 60%1 of emissions stemming from the use of silicon metal.

By contrast, the HPQ Polvere Fumed Silica Reactor enables a direct transformation of quartz into fumed silica, eliminating the need for the conventional carbothermic process to convert quartz into silicon metal. This innovation could potentially reduce direct CO2e emissions associated with fumed silica production by more than 60%, equivalent to a reduction of approximately 5t CO2 e/t of fumed silica produced.2

“The Fumed Silica Reactor developed by HPQ Silica Polvere Inc. perfectly embodies HPQ commitment to green engineering processes. We are dedicated to developing innovative processes that minimize the environmental footprint while meeting the material demands of the industry,” said Mr. Bernard Tourillon, President and CEO of HPQ Silicon and HPQ Silica Polvere. “This release specifically highlights the direct CO2 emissions reductions achieved by the Reactor and does not encompass the additional substantial indirect environmental benefits. This includes an impressive reduction of at least 86% in energy requirements for fumed silica production. Work to date strongly suggests the potential for HPQ Polvere to develop commercial grade fumed silica with greatly reduced carbon footprints relative to today’s commercially available technologies.”

Unlocking CO2 Reduction Potential: Exceeding 500,000 Tonnes Per Year (t/y) In Key Markets

The significant CO2 reduction potential of the HPQ Polvere Fumed Silica Reactor is exemplified by the following key markets examples:3

  • In Canada, where approximately 24,000t of fumed silica is consumed annually, the adoption of the HPQ Polvere process would result in a remarkable reduction of 120,000t/y in CO2 emissions,
  • The United States, with an annual fumed silica consumption of around 29,000t, stands to benefit from a substantial reduction of 145,000t/y in CO2 emissions through the implementation of the HPQ Polvere process, and
  • European countries, consuming approximately 92,000t/y of fumed silica, could achieve an impressive reduction of 460,000t/y in CO2 emissions by utilizing the HPQ Polvere process.

These figures highlight the significant environmental impact that can be achieved by utilizing the HPQ Polvere Fumed Silica Reactor in key markets. Furthermore, there is a potential for substantial per-tonne reduction in carbon taxes in these markets:

  • In Europe, the current price per tonne of CO2 emissions for manufactured and imported goods is approximately 90 euros4. This implies that traditional producers of fumed silica could potentially reduce their carbon tax by around 450 euros per tonne by upgrading to the HPQ Polvere process.
  • In Canada, the price per tonne of CO2 emissions for manufactured goods is approximately CAD$505, and in Quebec6, it is around CAD$27 per tonne. This indicates that traditional producers of fumed silica, if they adopt the HPQ Polvere process, could potentially reduce their carbon tax by about CAD$250 per tonne in Canada and CAD$137 per tonne in Quebec.

These potential reductions in carbon taxes underscore an additional financial advantages and environmental benefits of embracing the HPQ Polvere Fumed Silica Reactor in these markets.

“The reactor also represents a paradigm shift in Fumed Silica production, pushing the boundaries of sustainability and environmental impact,” Mr. Tourillon added. “The numbers speak for themselves as we envision a future with cleaner and greener manufacturing processes.”

1 2012 – Executive summary: “SILICON-CHEMISTRY CARBON BALANCE, AN ASSESSMENT OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND REDUCTIONS”, Covering the Production, Use and End-of-Life of Silicones, Siloxanes and Silane Products in Europe, North America, and Japan. [Pages 20 to 21] (Commissioned by Global Silicones Council, Centre Européen des Silicones, Silicones Environmental, Health and Safety Council of North America Silicone Industry Association of Japan).
2 August 31, 2021 – Saevarsdottir, G., Magnusson, T. & Kvande, H. “Reducing the Carbon Footprint: Primary Production of Aluminum and Silicon with Changing Energy Systems.” [Pages 850-851] Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy (2021) 7: 848–857.
3 Sales data per regions from Markets and Markets 2017 “fumed silica market – global forecast to 2022.”
4 The Wall Street Journal article, April 18, 2023, “World’s First Carbon Import Tax Approved by EU Lawmakers.”
5 Government of Canada: The Federal Carbon polluting pricing benchmark.
6 Quebec Government: The Carbon Market: Auctions.

HPQ Silicon is a Quebec-based TSX Venture Exchange Tier 1 Industrial Issuer. With the support of world-class technology partners PyroGenesis Canada and NOVACIUM SAS, the company is developing new green processes crucial to make the critical materials needed to reach net zero emissions.