ImpulsTec is the result of many years of research activities that took place in an R&D company within a larger photovoltaic group. Based on the non-contact and phase-selective fragmentation of various silicon qualities and their starting materials, many areas of application of the shock wave fragmentation technology developed. These no longer remained only in the field of photovoltaics, but spread to a wide range of industries. These include, for example, recycling, mining, metallurgy and materials research. In 2014, these activities were finally consolidated into an independent company exclusively dedicated to industrial application of the developed of the shock wave fragmentation technology.