EMO and JERA Trading launch partnership to supply base material for solar panels

Europees Massagoed Overslagbedrijf (EMO) and JERA Trading have signed a five-year contract, under which they will jointly supply purified coal for the production of silicon. Silicon is an essential element in the manufacture of solar panels (photovoltaic cells) and integrated circuits.

Within the new partnership to produce, market and sell purified coal, JERA Trading will be responsible for purchasing and transport, as well as contributing its marketing and sales expertise. EMO will be providing the handling, storage and production facilities.

EMO is mainly active in the market for iron ore and coal. The company is working to further diversify its dry bulk product portfolio. Supplying coal to the specialised silicon industry aligns very well with EMO’s specific competences and technical equipment. EMO’s terminal includes a 10-ha site with a recently-upgraded washer/screen for sifting and washing the coal. The facility uses a closed water circuit and generates next to no emissions during the manufacturing process.

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