News on 2018

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

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.

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GCL Poly’s reference to rebounding polysilicon prices is outdated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.

Corporate buildings of Longi and Aiko Solar

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.

Longi’s four polysilicon supply contracts

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.