Clean Energy is a Dirty Business

by: Ronald De Los Reyes

Publication Date: March 10, 2017
Length: 11 pages
Product ID#: 1-007-700

Core Disciplines: Accounting/Finance, Operations Management/Supply Chain, Sustainability

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Bituin Marikit Corp., a solar wafering company, faces a commercial and technological challenge.  Chinese manufacturers are undercutting the company, and BMC must find a way to use recycled slurry in order to reduce costs and stay in business. Environmental considerations also support using recycled slurry, but the problem is that recycled slurry creates quality issues that impact yield and decrease customer confidence.  Students learn about the solar wafering process and use BMC’s financial data on the yields, costs, volume outputs, and net income of different slurry types as they evaluate which one to use. Through the case, students learn the problems facing the solar wafering industry for sustainability and profitability.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Understand the use and recycling of abrasive slurries for solar recycling.
  • Validate the factors, risks, and threats that might influence the sustainable use of abrasive slurries for solar wafering.
  • Perform research studies to address the sustainable use of abrasive slurries for solar wafering.