ARISE Technologies Corporation Achieves Second Milestone for Silicon Feedstock Pilot Plant Project

    WATERLOO, ON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - ARISE Technologies Corporation ("ARISE" or
the "Company") (TSX: APV) is pleased to announce that its Silicon Feedstock
Mini Pilot Plant is now operational and that polysilicon has successfully been
produced in the Silicon Refining Furnace (SiRF(TM)). The Mini Pilot Plant is
located at the Company's Waterloo facility.
    This completes the requirements for the second milestone of the Company's
Silicon Feedstock Pilot Plant project which is supported in part by
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). SDTC's contribution
leverages a $13.2 million funding commitment from a consortium led by ARISE.
    "This is a key step in moving from lab-scale to production-scale for our
proprietary Silicon Feedstock process" said Ian MacLellan, ARISE's President
and CEO. "This facility and equipment significantly enhance our ability to
fine-tune the potential process for scale-up."
    The goal of the Company's Silicon Feedstock Pilot Plant project is to
develop and demonstrate a new approach to refining high purity solar grade
silicon feedstock for photovoltaic (PV) applications. A major constraint in
the PV value chain has been the supply of silicon. The ARISE approach will use
a new technique that will produce silicon feedstock for the crystalline
silicon ingot process for solar cell production. The silicon produced is
expected to meet the specifications of high-efficiency solar PV cell

    About ARISE

    ARISE Technologies is dedicated to accelerating the use of solar energy
in mainstream markets. The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange under the symbol APV and on the Frankfurt Open Market Exchange under
the symbol A3T. Additional information is available at and

    About SDTC

    Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm's-length
foundation which has received $1.05 billion from the Government of Canada as
part of its commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of
life for all Canadians. SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and
demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $550 million SD Tech
Fund(TM) supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean
water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund(TM) supports the
establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the
production of next-generation renewable fuels. SDTC operates as a
not-for-profit corporation and has been working with the public and private
sector including industry, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs),
the financial community and all levels of government to achieve this mandate.

    Certain statements contained in this press release may be considered as
forward-looking. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
estimated or implied results.

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For further information:

For further information: ARISE Technologies Corporation, 65 Northland
Road, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2V 1Y8, Tel. (519) 725-2244, Fax: (519)
725-8907,; Ian MacLellan, President & CEO, (519) 772-5709,

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