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HPQ Silicon Resources Inc. (TSX-V: HPQ) is a Canadian producer of Innovative Silicon Solutions, based in Montreal,  building a portfolio of unique high value specialty silicon products needed for the coming RER along with 2 world renowned technology partners.

  • high purity silicon metal
  • spherical silicon nanopowders and nanowires
  • porous silicon (Si) wafers and porous silicon (Si) powders
  • HPQ NANO Receives First Order for Spherical Nano Silicon Material from Major Automobile Manufacturer
  • NDA with at least 2 battery players
  • Pyrogenesis Canada (a global leader in plasma torch technologies) =  2 reactors
    • PUREVAP Quartz Reduction Reactors (QRR) to be Commissioned in Q4 2021
  • An innovative process (patent pending), which will permit the one-step transformation of quartz (SiO 2 ) into high purity silicon (Si) at reduced costs, energy input, and carbon footprint

HIGHLIGHTS:

HPQ Silicon and PyroGenesis Sign an Agreement to Develop a New Environmentally Friendly Process to Manufacture Fumed Silica

  • New process perfectly aligned with ESG principles sought by end buyers and investors:
    • Reduces the energy used to make fumed silica by a stunning 86%,
    • Does not use harsh chemicals, or release Hydrogen Chloride Gas (HCI)
    • Resolves ESG roadblocks to developing new markets for Fumed Silica.

Last Component of HPQ GEN3 Quartz Reduction Reactor Has Shipped, Q4 Commissioning on Track

  • Confirmed that, after all the COVID related delays, the GEN3 PUREVAP TM Quartz Reduction Reactor (“QRR”) power supply, the final missing component, has shipped from the manufacture and is on route to PyroGenesis production facility in Montreal.
  • This milestone is another step toward our Q4 2021 GEN3 PUREVAP TM QRR commissioning and start

HPQ Nano Silicon Reactor Update

  • ADVANCING METHODICALLY, FOCUS ON BATTERY GRADE NANO SILICON MATERIALS
    PyroGenesis engineering team continued to resolve design and process issues encountered during Phase 1 of the PUREVAP TM NSiR development program. As testing progressed during the second half of 2021, the challenge for the team became eliminating oxygen from the final product of nano-silicon material. The oxygen was affecting our ability to produce qualified samples. Systematic analysis of the process performed by the PyroGenesis technical team indicated that:

    • The internal sources of oxygen contamination were directly linked to the heat – resistant liner material used in the Gen1 PUREVAP TM NSiR , a modified Gen2 PUREVAP TM Quartz Reduction Reactor (“QRR”) , originally designed for the carboreduction of quartz into Silicon (Si),
    • The GEN 1 PUREVAP™ NSIR needed to be re-designed and rebuilt to eliminate the internal sources of the contamination.

CEO On Project for the Development of Silicon-based Anode Materials for Lithium-ion Batteries:

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CEO On Evaluating a Low-cost and Environmentally Friendly Plasma Based Process to Manufacture Fumed Silica:

HPQ Gen1 Nano Silicon Reactor Exceeds Phase 1 Production Rate Target By 67%

Gen1 PUREVAP TM NSiR test bed , is a batch process system with an originally targeted design output production rate of 30 kg/month of nano silicon powders.

The Gen1 NSiR recently achieved a production rate equivalent to 50 kg/month of nano powders, a result that exceeded the design output by 67%. The significance of this is twofold:

  1. Expectation of greater throughput than originally planned for the commercial tests,
  2. Expectation of reduced unit costs and production costs as a result of increased throughput.

HPQ NANO Reaches Major Milestones With Gen 1 Nano Silicon Reactor Operational

  • Phase 1 of the PUREVAP TM Nano Silicon Reactor (“NSiR”) development program has reached the commissioning stage, with the Gen1 PUREVAP TM NSiR now ready to start producing Silicon nano materials.
  • “The announcement today is indeed a major milestone and we are proud at having played a key role in this accomplishment. We are all extremely excited to have the Nano Reactor up and running, on schedule and on budget, particularly during these trying times.” said P. Peter Pascali CEO and Chairman of PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
  • Despite strong research and massive investment in Silicon material for batteries , current manufacturing processes are simply not scalable or commercially viable.
  • With a capability of producing tailor made silicon materials within a wide range (from < 0.20 µm up to 5 µm), the PUREVAP TM NSiR represents a game changing leap forward in resolving the issues of commercial viability and scalability.

HPQ Receives TSX Venture Approval to Proceed With EBH2 Green Hydrogen Extraction Technology Venture

  • EBH SYSTEMS SA HAS DEVELOP AN EXTREMELY EFFICIENT PROCESS TO PRODUCE GREEN HYDROGEN
    EBH 2 is a Swiss company that possesses a proprietary low-cost electrolysis technology that can, extremely efficiently, extract from virtually any water source including salt water, Green Hydrogen. EBH 2 Green Hydrogen Reactors (“EBH 2 GHR”) are scalable, adaptable and can produce, on demand, the quantities of Green Hydrogen fuel necessary to power numerous applications from various modes of land and sea transport to single home dwellings, district wide power generation and large-scale industrial applications. 
  • GREEN HYDROGEN A TRILLION $ ADDRESSABLE MARKET IN SEARCH OF A TECHNOLOGY LIKE EBH GHR
    While deploying at scale Green Hydrogen could provide up to 24% of the world energy needs by 2050, cutting Greenhouse Gas (“GHG”) emissions by around a third and generating direct annual revenues of US$ 2,5 trillion 1 , currently available processes of producing Green Hydrogen from renewable energies cost about US$5 per kilogram, giving Green Hydrogen a cost disadvantage compared to hydrogen produced using fossil fuels (Grey and Blue Hydrogen) which have a US$1 per kilogram cost 2
  • WORKING TOGETHER TO COMMERCIALISE EBH GREEN HYDROGEN REACTORS TECHNOLOGIES
    After many years of development, EBH 2 now has a EBH 2 GHR model ready for commercial deployment, a system that can produce continually the Green Hydrogen fuel necessary to power a 1 Megawatt per week generator, an electricity production capacity sufficient to power a typical three (3) bedroom suburban house. The potential cost and GHG reduction benefits could readily replace solar panels or standby generators for homeowners.

HPQ Silicon Sources Raw Material Needed for Purevap™ Quartz Reduction Reactor Operations

  • COMMISSIONING OF SYSTEM ADVANCING, START OF REACTOR OPERATIONS SCHEDULE FOR Q1 2022
  • ONE STEP CLOSER TO VALIDATING PUREVAP TM QRR GAME CHANGING ADVANTAGES
    The PUREVAP TM QRR is an innovative process, which permits the one-step transformation of quartz (SiO 2 ) into high purity silicon metal (from 99.5% to 99.99% Si) at reduced costs, energy input, and carbon footprint.   This game changing advantage means that the PUREVAP TM QRR process not only produces a higher purity silicon material than traditional processes, but it does not require the extremely pure feedstock needed by conventional processes. In fact, the process only requires 4.5 MT of raw material to make 1 MT of Silicon, versus the 6 MT required by conventional processes, a 25% reduction which potentially allows a 20% cash cost advantage versus the lowest cost traditional Silicon producer 1 .
  • Si MARKET IN DEFICIT, PRICES SOARING, NEW GREENFIELD DEVELOPMENTS NEEDED 2

WHY HPQ SILICON?

In collaboration with world class technology partners:

HPQ building a portfolio of unique high value specialty silicon products.

PUREVAPTM “Quartz Reduction Reactors” (QRR) with PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (TSX-V: PYR)

  • Will permit the one step transformation of quartz (SiO2) into high purity silicon (Si) at reduced costs, energy input, and carbon footprint
  • HPQ believes it will become the lowest cost (Capex and Opex) producer of silicon (Si) and high purity silicon metal (3N – 4N Si) 

PUREVAPTM Nano Silicon Reactor (NSiR) with PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (TSX-V: PYR)

  • New proprietary process that can use different purities of silicon (Si) as feedstock, to make spherical silicon nanopowders and nanowires;
  • HPQ believes it can also become the lowest cost manufacturer of spherical Si nanopowders and silicon-based composites needed by manufacturers of next-generation lithium-ion batteries;
  • During the coming months, spherical Si nanopowders and nanowires silicon-based composite samples requested by industry participants and research institutions’ will be produced using PUREVAPTM SiNR.

Commercially porous silicon (Si) wafers and porous silicon (Si) powders with Apollon Solar of France

  • Use their patented process and develop a capability to produce commercially porous silicon (Si) wafers and porous silicon (Si) powders;
  • Collaboration will allow HPQ to become the lowest cost producer of porous silicon wafers for all-solid -state batteries and porous silicon powders for Li-ion batteries;
  • Develop the hydrogen generation potential of Silicon nanopowders for usage with the GennaoTM system;
  • Commercialize, exclusively in Canada, and non-exclusive in the U.S.A., the GennaoTM H2 system and the chemical powders required for the hydrolysis production of Hydrogen

HPQ Receives its First Mini-Generator Set Based on Clean Hydrogen Produced by Simply Combining Water and a Powder Bag

Tesla To Revolutionize Use Of Silicon In Batteries: Slash Costs, Increases Range

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RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

HPQ – Fast Tracking Silicon Metal Innovation!

  • Lab scale and proof of concept tests already completed
  • Fully funded pilot plant and testing program

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WHY SILICON METAL (SI)

  • One of today’s key strategic minerals (EU Commission - US DOJ)
  • Needed for Renewable Energy Transition
  • Does not exist naturally in its pure state
    • Expensive Carbothermic process needed to extract it from Quartz (SiO2)
    • Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals in the earth’s crust
  • Silicon Demand ~ 3.8 Million MT worth ~ US$ 10 Billion by 2025 (CRU)
  • Silicon Demand growth to be driven by the chemical sector (2N) & EV

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Demand Outlook

Standard Silicon Metal Demand (98.5 to 99.5% SI purity) going from:

  • 2.8 Million MT Demand worth US$ 7.5 Billion in 2018
  • To ~ 3.8 Million MT Demand worth US$ 12 Billion in 2023
  • Projected Increase Driven by Chemical Sector (2N+ Si) and EV Growth

 

SILICON METAL PART OF EV SUPPLY CHAIN

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MASSIVE ENERGY STORAGE DEMAND COMING

SILICON METAL: “THE GRAPHITE KILLER FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES”

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Billions pouring into R&D and Gigafactories

  • Impact on raw Battery Materials demand massive
  • Presently Graphite, a low energy density material is the principal ingredient in Lithium-ion Batteries

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For further information contact

Bernard J. Tourillon, Chairman and CEO Tel (514) 907-1011
Patrick Levasseur, President and COO Tel: (514) 262-9239

www.HPQSilicon.com

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