Solar wafer makers accelerate switch to diamond wire saws

Diamond wire saw with monocrystalline silicon ingot
Being standard for monocrystalline wafers, diamond wire saws now find their way into multicrystalline wafering – Image: Meyer Burger

Many Chinese producers of multicrystalline solar wafers have accelerated their transition to lower-cost diamond wire slicing and will complete the switch by the end of 2017, Digitimes reports.

Along the same lines, REC Solar, a vertically integrated manufacturer of multicrystalline modules with a capacity of 1.4 GW in Singapore, has ordered diamond wire saws from equipment supplier Meyer Burger, with delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.

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