Explosive Silicon Gas Casts Shadow on Solar Power Industry

In 2007, outside Bangalore, India, an explosion decapitated an industrial worker, hurling his body through a brick wall. In 2005 a routine procedure at a manufacturing plant in Taiwan caused a spontaneous explosion that killed a worker and ignited a blaze that ripped through the factory, shutting down production for three months. Both incidents shared a common cause–silane, a gas made up of silicon and hydrogen that explodes on contact with air. And both incidents occurred in the same industry–solar power. [More]


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