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.

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GCL Poly’s reference to rebounding polysilicon prices is outdated

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Indeed, polysilicon prices on the Chinese spot market slightly recovered in July and stabilized in August. But they have been on the downtrend again since mid-September.

Directional solidification furnaces for multicrystalline silicon at Daqo New Energy in Chongqing

Daqo’s wafer biz exit shows: multicrystalline silicon is in trouble

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Daqo New Energy’s decision to abandon its multicrystalline wafer manufacturing unit in Chongqing appears as a sign of bigger things to come: The market share of multicrystalline wafers will fall drastically.

Drawing of GCL-Poly’s polysilicon plant in Xinjiang

GCL’s new polysilicon plant in Xinjiang will start up in September

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GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has confirmed reports that the first phase of its new polysilicon plant in Xinjiang with a capacity of 20,000 metric tons will start up in September.

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Partial success for Kyocera in polysilicon lawsuit against Hemlock

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The federal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that the take-or-pay provision in the long-term contracts of polysilicon manufacturer Hemlock Semiconductor with its Japanese customer Kyocera is an unlawful penalty.

Multicrystalline silicon block from upgraded metallurgical-grade (UMG) silicon made by Silicio Ferrosolar

Ferrosolar to open UMG silicon plant, claims 18.5% cell efficiency

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Ferrosolar is currently building a factory for upgraded metallurgical-grade (UMG) silicon in Puertollano in Spain, which is slated to open in late 2018. The company claims a multicrystalline cell efficiency of 18.5% for its unblended UMG material.

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Longi to work with cell producer Aiko Solar on CCz crystal pulling

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Leading monocrystalline wafer maker Longi has signed a cooperation agreement with Chinese cell producer Aiko Solar on developing high-efficiency wafers from ingots grown with the continuous Czochralski (CCz) process.

Jiangsu Zhongneng’s polysilicon plant in Xuzhou, Jiangsu

GCL-Poly cancels sale of polysilicon shares to Shanghai Electric

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Two months after its announcement in early June, the sale of a 51% stake in Jiangsu Zhongneng, China’s largest polysilicon manufacturer, from parent company GCL-Poly to state-owned Shanghai Electric Group has failed.

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Longi signs fourth big polysilicon supply deal, this time with Xinte

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Leading monocrystalline wafer maker Longi has underpinned its rapid expansion by signing a contract with Xinte Energy for the delivery of 90,080 tons of polysilicon from 2019 through 2021.

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

REC Silicon blames layoffs on trade war – that’s only half the truth

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U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has blamed the layoff of 100 employees on the trade dispute, but it is more a response to the slump of global demand in the wake of China’s cap on domestic PV installations.

Nexwafe’s pilot production facility for kerfless monocrystalline wafers in Freiburg, Germany

Nexwafe to open 250 MW factory for kerfless mono wafers in 2020

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German start-up Nexwafe, a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, will build a 250 MW factory for epitaxially grown, kerfless monocrystalline n-type wafers in Bitterfeld-Wolfen in eastern Germany.