Founded in 2005, the Poly Plant Project, Inc. (PPP) helps aspiring polysilicon oligarchs and companies moving up the value chain to research, design, and construct polysilicon production facilities based on trichlorosilane (TCS) chemistry or the “Siemens process”.
Lead by Chairman & CEO Tetsunori (Terry) T. Kunimune, owner of the Kunical International Group, Ltd., Poly Plant Project’s team includes polysilicon industry veterans with extensive “experience in the engineering, design, construction, expansion, and operation of polysilicon production plants.” PPP’s business model targets solar photovoltaic (PV) industry companies interested in building polysilicon production plants for vertical integration and to supply partners and even competitors with solar grade polysilicon (SoG-Si) for the production of solar cells.
Viewing the PPP company presentation, PPP – Your Partner for Proven TCS-Based Polysilicon Plant Planning & Design, reveals a majority of consulting inquiries originating from China, a number in Russia, and even one in North Africa (Tunisia or Libya?). Getting started with PPP on a polysilicon plant is just a 2-way Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) away.
With the demand for polysilicon showing no signs of abating, it is no surprise polysilicon engineering and consulting firms have booming businesses. Another firm, CH2M HILL Lockwood Greene, received a contract from solar and polysilicon newbie, Hoku Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOKU), to provide engineering and related services for subsidiary Hoku Materials’ first polysilicon production facility.
I received a tip about this company, so suggest a bit a due diligence is in order before investing half a billion US Dollars in your first polysilicon production plant. Since PPP is located in Burbank, California, near Hollywood, they must receive the occasional crank caller interested in silicone instead of silicon.