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Washington Mills has received Enova funding for a technology demonstration.

Washington Mills has received 37.2 million NOK in funding from Enova to demonstrate a new industrial process for producing high-purity silicon carbide. The product is used in electronics for electric vehicles and other applications that require high power, frequency, and/or temperature.

The project has undergone extensive development, with previous pilot projects receiving support from the Research Council of Norway and Innovation Norway. The Enova funding confirms the government's commitment to providing substantial contributions to the green transition, even in the process industry, according to Ole Johan Svorkdal, CEO of Washington Mills. Enova also highlights the significant global potential for the technology in this project, aligning with Enova's goals and the path towards a low-emission society.

The Enova support is granted through the Demonstration of New Energy and Climate Technology program. The project's actual start date will be determined after a final decision by Washington Mills' board. The facility is expected to be completed in 2021, with the demonstration period of the project projected to finish in 2024. Continuous further development and demonstration will take place throughout the project period. Depending on market developments, a positive project outcome may lead to further investment in a full-scale plant in Orkanger, which would also include post-treatment processes.


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