High purity Argon gas recycling for the solar industry

ArgonØ™ has been designed to recover, purify and recycle exhaust purge gas from both CZ and DS vacuum furnaces. Typically, a silicon furnace hall will have up to 100+ silicon ingot furnaces consuming upwards of 20 to 30 million litres of high purity argon gas per day.

Argon Recycling

Argon Recycling Machine

Tried & Tested

GR2L is the global leader in point of use argon recycling with more than 100 systems shipped worldwide. These systems are continuously recycling over 360,000m3  a day of argon, saving customers millions of pounds per year.

Argon Recycling Machine

Tried & Tested

GR2L is the global leader in point of use argon recycling with more than 100 systems shipped worldwide. These systems are continuously recycling over 360,000m3  a day of argon, saving customers millions of pounds per year.

Why Point of Use?

GR2L point of use system graphic

Point of Use system

  • Point of Use (POU), or distributed systems, have a small footprint and are located in the sub-basement alongside the vacuum pumps etc. No additional external buildings and services are required.
  • POU systems do not require Argon buffer tanks or any additional process gases e.g., hydrogen.
  • The ArgonØ­™ installation and commissioning can be phased in over a period of time to suit factory startup and ensure optimum returns on investment.
  • Centralised systems operational costs are 5x to 10x higher than the ArgonØ­™.
  • The ArgonØ­™ approach gives the lowest effective long-term cost of argon

Why Point of Use?

GR2L point of use system graphic

Point of Use system

  • Point of Use (POU), or distributed systems, have a small footprint and are located in the sub-basement alongside the vacuum pumps etc. No additional external buildings and services are required.
  • POU systems do not require Argon buffer tanks or any additional process gases e.g., hydrogen.
  • The ArgonØ­™ installation and commissioning can be phased in over a period of time to suit factory startup and ensure optimum returns on investment.
  • Centralised systems operational costs are 5x to 10x higher than the ArgonØ­™.
  • The ArgonØ­™ approach gives the lowest effective long-term cost of argon

ROI is typically 12 to 24 months

One ArgonØ­™ installation, located in Asia, is connected to 60 CZ pullers and has been operating for over 5 years with no reported downtime. The system was retrofitted into the facility with minimal disruption to production schedules. The ArgonØ­™ has reduced the facilities argon spend by 96% giving savings that run into the millions, each and every year.

ROI is typically 12 to 24 months

One ArgonØ­™ installation, located in Asia, is connected to 60 CZ pullers and has been operating for over 5 years with no reported downtime. The system was retrofitted into the facility with minimal disruption to production schedules. The ArgonØ­™ has reduced the facilities argon spend by 96% giving savings that run into the millions, each and every year.

Instant reduction in Scope 3 CO2 footprint

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Reduction CO2 footprint

Liquifying air and separating out the 1% argon it contains is a very energy intensive process and results in a bought in carbon footprint of up to 5Kg – CO2 equivalent per 1m3 of argon gas. In a typical ingot production cell of 4 CZ Pullers the argon purge gas will contribute an equivalent CO2 footprint of about 130 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year (this is approximately the emissions from an average household car driving over a million miles). By recycling the argon purge gas, the ArgonØ™ recycle system reduces these emissions by over 90%, a reduction of a least 32.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year for every CZ Puller in the facility.

CO2 graphic illustration with tree

Instant reduction in Scope 3 CO2 footprint

Liquifying air and separating out the 1% argon it contains is a very energy intensive process and results in a bought in carbon footprint of up to 5Kg – CO2 equivalent per 1m3 of argon gas. In a typical ingot production cell of 4 CZ Pullers the argon purge gas will contribute an equivalent CO2 footprint of about 130 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year (this is approximately the emissions from an average household car driving over a million miles). By recycling the argon purge gas, the ArgonØ™ recycle system reduces these emissions by over 90%, a reduction of a least 32.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year for every CZ Puller in the facility.

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Manufactured in the UK

GR2L was founded by Dr Rob Grant FRSC and jointly developed with Cambridge University, entering into a partnership with UK Gas Technologies to bring ArgonØ to market in 2010.

Low maintenance costs and high up-time

The ArgonØ not only recycles 15% more argon than centralised systems, but those centralised systems also require additional gases - O₂ (to combust H₂, CO & hydrocarbons) and H₂ (for removal of excess O₂)

Dr Rob

Recycles ≥95% of available Argon

The ArgonØ will recycle all of the argon recovered using ~1.5% internally of purge out of the reactors during regeneration. The factory rate will typically be 93 to 97% and reflects the argon losses from the pullers during re-charge and crucible replacement. The ArgonØ not only recycles 15% more argon than centralised systems, but those centralised systems also require additional gases - O₂ (to combust H₂, CO & hydrocarbons) and H₂ (for removal of excess O₂)

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