HPQ Silicon And Pyrogenesis Evaluating A Low-cost And Environmentally Friendly Plasma Based Process To Manufacture Fumed Silica

by Team HPQ

MONTREAL, Canada, May 4, 2021 — HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. (“HPQ” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: HPQ; FWB: UGE; OTCQX :HPQFF), an innovative silicon solutions company, is pleased to announce that HPQ and PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (TSX: PYR) (NASDAQ: PYR) (FRA: 8PY) are actively evaluating the commercial opportunity of developing a plasma process that could convert Silica (Quartz, SiO2) into Fumed Silica (Pyrogenic Silica) in one step.

This new process is a natural evolution from PyroGenesis’ unique plasma-based processes and would be a low-cost and environmentally friendly option. As conceived, the process is expected to eliminate the harmful chemicals presently generated by traditional flame pyrolysis of silicon tetrachloride that are currently used to make fumed silica.

Fumed silica (Pyrogenic Silica) is a white microscopic powder with high surface area and low bulk density. Its commercial applications encompass various industries including personal care, pharmaceuticals, agriculture (food & feed), adhesives, sealants, construction, batteries and automotive to name a few. Demand for Fumed Silica is growing at 6% CAGR, with a global addressable market of US$ 1,5 billion in 2016 expected to grow to US$ 2,2 billion in 2022.

Manufacturing fumed silica is a hazardous process that is both capital intensive and energy-consuming. It causes significant air pollution due to 1) the carbon dioxide emission associated with the current processes and 2) the hydrogen chloride gas produced and released during the manufacturing process, a highly regulated gas with stringent regulations associated with its production in North America.

Combining HPQ Silicon High Purity Quartz initiatives with PyroGenesis industry-leading know-how in the development of commercial plasma processes, this new process could revolutionize the manufacturing of Fumed Silica, give HPQ and PyroGenesis a market leadership in its green manufacturing and pivot production back to North America, all the while allowing end-users to improve their environmental footprint.

“We are very excited to work with PyroGenesis on this new venture. With over 25 years of expertise in torch plasma applications PyroGenesis is a market leader in plasma technology. This expertise will be applied to transform Silica (Quartz, SiO2) into Fumed Silica (Pyrogenic Silica) in one step, similar to the successful work with our PUREVAP™ QRR™ system the venerable Quartz Reduction Reactor” said Bernard Tourillon, President and CEO HPQ Silicon. “Over US$50 billion in capital flowed in US ESG funds in 2020, and these are the types of investment they are looking for, so our timing could not be better. Our market research has identified several sectors wishing to improve their environmental footprint, and HPQ’s innovative silicon solutions is prepared to meet this demand.”

“This opportunity is a natural extension of the work we are doing with HPQ and aligns with both what PyroGenesis is targeting and environmental initiatives currently taking place worldwide,” said Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis Canada Inc. “This underscores the potential of what we are doing with HPQ and the reason why we are excited about how things are developing. We were always taken by the myriad of exciting and potentially lucrative off-shoots possible form our initial project with HPQ. We are looking forward to evaluating this opportunity in detail.”

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
PyroGenesis Canada Inc., a high-tech company, is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes and products.

The Company provides its engineering and manufacturing expertise and its turnkey process equipment packages to customers in the defence, metallurgical, mining, advanced materials (including 3D printing), and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of its Montreal office and its 3,800 m2 and 2,940 m2 manufacturing facilities, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization.

The Company’s core competencies allow PyroGenesis to provide innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. PyroGenesis’ operations are ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified. For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com.

About HPQ Silicon Resources
HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. (TSX-V: HPQ) is a Quebec-based innovative silicon solutions company that offers innovative silica (SiO2), silicon (Si) based solutions and is developing a unique portfolio of high value-added silicon (Si) products sought after by battery and electric vehicle manufacturers.

Silicon (Si), also known as silicon metal, is one of today’s key strategic materials needed for the decarbonization of the economy and the Renewable Energy Revolution (“RER”). However, silicon does not exist in its pure state and must be extracted from quartz (SiO2) in what has historically been a capital and energy-intensive process.

With PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (TSX: PYR), a high-tech company that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma – based processes, HPQ is developing the PUREVAP™ “Quartz Reduction Reactors” (QRR), an innovative process (patent pending), which will permit the one-step transformation of quartz (SiO2) into high purity silicon (Si) at reduced costs, energy input, and carbon footprint that will propagate its considerable renewable energy potential. Through its 100% owned subsidiary, HPQ NANO Silicon Powders Inc., the PUREVAP™ Nano Silicon Reactor (NSiR) is a new proprietary process that can use different purities of silicon (Si) as feedstock, to make a wide range of nano/micro spherical powders of different sizes and nanowires.

The Corporation’s interest in developing the PUREVAP™ QRR and any projected capital or operating cost savings associated with its development should not be construed as being related to the establishing the economic viability or technical feasibility of any of the Company’s Quartz Projects.

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Source: HPQ Silicon Resources Inc.
For further information contact:
Bernard J. Tourillon, Chairman, President and CEO Tel +1 (514) 907-1011
Patrick Levasseur, Vice-President and COO Tel: +1 (514) 262-9239
Email: [email protected]

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.