IBM to Recycle Silicon Wafers for Solar Cells
November 5, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
IBM is probably best known for its enterprise-class servers and related systems software, but the company is obviously a pretty big player in the chip industry with its various Power and PowerPC chips. IBM’s techies in Burlington, Vermont, where IBM still makes a lot of chips, have been scratching their heads about what to do with defective silicon wafers, which are the inevitable result of any chip-making process, and have come up with a novel idea: recycle them for use in solar cells.
An engineer named Eric White from the Burlington factory, which is located there because the Watson family