The present invention is directed to a method for providing an agricultural waste product having amorphous silica, carbon, and impurities; extracting from the agricultural waste product an amount of the impurities; changing the ratio of carbon to silica; and reducing the silica to a high purity silicon (e.g., to photovoltaic silicon).
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT
The invention was made in part with Government support under National Science Foundation Award No. IIP-0740215 and under the U.S. Department of Energy Contract No. DE-FG36-08G018009. The Government has certain rights to the invention.