Polysilicon News

News on suppliers, market trends and technology innovations in polysilicon and wafer production is selected, assessed and written for you by Bernreuter Research.

PV system in Japan with solar modules from Kyocera

Kyocera reaches settlement on polysilicon contract with Hemlock

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Japanese solar module producer Kyocera has reached a settlement in its contract dispute with U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer Hemlock Semiconductor.

Diamond wire saw with monocrystalline silicon ingot

Success factors of monocrystalline technology in the PV market

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An interesting background article of pv magazine illustrates the technological progress that has facilitated the current upswing of monocrystalline silicon in the PV market.

Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) of China, press conference on February 9, 2017

US-China trade talks in focus after duties on EU polysilicon expire

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The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has terminated duties on polysilicon imports from the European Union. Now U.S. President Trump has asked government staff to draw up a potential deal in the trade conflict with China.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of OCI, Wacker and REC Silicon from Q3 2017 through Q3 2018

OCI considers shifting polysilicon capacity to semiconductor use

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After the EBITDA margin of its basic chemicals division, which includes polysilicon, tumbled to minus 2.0% in the third quarter of 2018, South Korean OCI mulls shifting part of its polysilicon capacity to semiconductor applications.

Workers at polysilicon plant in China

Chinese polysilicon producers intensify cut-throat competition

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GCL-Poly Energy Holdings and Tongwei Group have announced production capacities that are larger than originally planned for their new polysilicon factories.

Wacker’s U.S. polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee

Wacker feels the brunt of the polysilicon market downturn

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The EBITDA margin of Wacker’s polysilicon division has become razor-thin: In the third quarter of 2018, the ratio slumped to just 2.5%, down from 16.2% in the previous quarter and 24.9% in the prior year period.

REC Silicon’s fluidized bed reactor polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington at night

REC Silicon keeps the lights on at polysilicon plant in Moses Lake

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U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has stopped speculation that its plant in Moses Lake, Washington could be closed.

Daqo New Energy’s polysilicon plant in Shihezi, Xinjiang

Daqo is targeting polysilicon production costs of $6.80/kg by 2020

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China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy is targeting total production costs of US$6.80/kg by the first quarter of 2020, down from $9.05/kg in Q2 2018 and $7.50/kg projected for 2019.

Solar module from GCL System Integration Technology made of cast mono wafers

GCL introduces mono-like solar panel – is it already economical?

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Chinese solar cell and module producer GCL System Integration Technology has started mass production of solar modules made of cast mono (also known as mono-like or quasi-mono) wafers from its affiliate GCL-Poly.

Presentation by GCL System Integration at EU PVSEC 2018: Industrially feasible PERC cells on diamond wire sawn multicrystalline silicon wafers textured by RIE towards 21.62% efficiency

Why you should not write multicrystalline silicon off too early

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The European PV conference has shown that multicrystalline solar cells are still in the game. Three out of seven members of the Silicon Module Super League are strong on multi and believe in the future of this technology.