News on multicrystalline

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

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.

Direct wafer process of 1366 Technologies

1366 is further ahead with its direct wafer process than assumed

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U.S.-based start-up 1366 Technologies has made more progress with its wafers directly formed from molten silicon than it was speculated after the company cancelled a 250 MW factory in upstate New York.

Direct wafer process of 1366 Technologies

GCL-Poly has started research in direct wafers from molten silicon

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GCL-Poly, the world's largest manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, has initiated research in direct wafer growth from molten silicon.

polysilicon chunks

Why the polysilicon spot price is still rising

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Several factors are playing a role in driving up the current polysilicon spot price.

Presentation by GCL System Integration at EU PVSEC 2017: Industrially feasible PERC cells on diamond wire sawn multicrystalline silicon wafers textured by RIE towards 20.78% efficiency

Multicrystalline PV sector strikes back against monocrystalline

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More efficient Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) technology will soon gain ground on multicrystalline cells made of cost-cutting diamond-wire-sawn wafers with a so-called ‚black-silicon’ texture.

Diamond wire saw with monocrystalline silicon ingot

Solar wafer makers accelerate switch to diamond wire saws

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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.

Monocrystalline silicon ingot

PV Tech predicts major shift to monocrystalline cells in 2018

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Solar Intelligence, the market research arm of PV-Tech, forecasts that monocrystalline solar cells will jump to a market share of 49% in crystalline solar cell production in 2018.