TSMC opens water recycling plant in Tainan
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has inaugurated a water recycling plant in the Tainan section of the Southern Taiwan Science Park. It's first such plant in the world dedicated to producing water for use in advanced semiconductor processes.
The facility is scheduled to produce 5,000 tons of industrial recycled water per day beginning next month. According to engineering services provider CTCI, daily production is expected to grow to 20,000 tons next year.
TSMC operates two 12-inch giga wafer plants at the science park and the water recycling plant took eight years to build and operate.
The company has already established a water recycling system that allows it to use a drop of water 3.5 times and TSMC says it is determined to explore and diversify its water sources in a bid to further raise water use efficiency in the future to facilitate a circular economy.