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Impurity concentrations of granular polysilicon from MEMC Pasadena, GCL-Poly and TianREC compared to the PV17 standard on virgin polysilicon for PV applications from Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)

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The granular product from the fluidized bed reactor facility of GCL’s polysilicon subsidiary Jiangsu Zhongneng does not show unusual metal and carbon concentrations. What strikes is the very low hydrogen content.

Groundbreaking ceremony for a 100,000-ton fluidized bed reactor (FBR) plant of GCL-Poly in Leshan, Sichuan province, China on October 18, 2020

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China-based polysilicon manufacturers outdo each other with ever bigger capacity announcements. What appears like a bodybuilder competition has a serious background: accelerating PV growth.

Fluidized bed reactor (FBR) polysilicon plant of TianREC, the Chinese joint venture of REC Silicon, in Yulin, Shaanxi province, China

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Low utilization rates and continuing losses of its granular polysilicon joint venture TianREC in Yulin in the Chinese province of Shaanxi have led REC Silicon to write down its investment to zero.

Polysilicon supply contracts of Longi Green Energy Technology and Zhonghuan Semiconductor

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Longi Green Energy Technology and Zhonghuan Semiconductor, the world’s two largest makers of monocrystalline solar wafers, have closed major supply contracts with GCL’s polysilicon subsidiary Jiangsu Zhongneng.

REC Silicon’s silane/polysilicon plant in Butte, Montana

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After an equity raise, U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has abandoned its plan to sell its cash cow, the silane and electronic-grade polysilicon plant in Butte, Montana.

Representatives of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings and its subsidiary Jiangsu Zhongneng celebrate the official launch of the 54,000-ton fluidized bed reactor (FBR) project for granular polysilicon in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, China on September 8, 2020

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Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, will increase its fluidized bed reactor (FBR) capacity for granular polysilicon to 54,000 tons by the end of 2021.

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In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has deferred the sale of its electronic-grade plant in Butte. Its solar-grade plant in Moses Lake remains closed.

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

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As the Phase 1 trade agreement between the USA and China comes into force on February 15, U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon intends to restart its plant in Moses Lake.

REC Silicon’s silane/polysilicon plant in Butte, Montana

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REC Silicon has announced considerations to sell its second plant, located in Butte in the U.S. state of Montana, which produces silane and electronic-grade polysilicon for the semiconductor industry.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of OCI, Wacker and REC Silicon from Q2 2018 through Q2 2019

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Polysilicon makers OCI, Wacker and REC Silicon all returned to black EBITDA figures in the second quarter. The margins ranged from 6.8% (OCI) to 3.4% (Wacker) to 1.1% (REC Silicon).