News on spot price

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

Price changes in the solar value chain (polysilicon, wafer, cell, module) in the first quarter of 2021

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In the first quarter, the spot price for solar-grade polysilicon soared by nearly 50% – from US$11 to more than $16 per kg. Solar cell manufacturers played a key role in the price rally.

Weekly polysilicon spot price indices of PVinsights and EnergyTrend in 2019 and 2020

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The weekly polysilicon spot price average provided by Taiwanese market researcher PVinsights has shown a bias towards low-price multi-grade polysilicon since 2019, but this seems to change now.

the ten most popular posts from Bernreuter Research on LinkedIn in 2020

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“Bad news is good news” – this saying was true for the ten most popular posts from Bernreuter Research on LinkedIn in 2020. Number 1, 3 and 6 in our top ten list dealt with accidents in the polysilicon industry.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, OCI, REC Silicon and Wacker from Q1 2019 through Q1 2020

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Defying Covid-19-related constraints, China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy achieved a record output of 19,777 tons and reduced its cash production costs to $5/kg in the first quarter.

Weekly polysilicon spot price indices of PVinsights and EnergyTrend in 2019

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In 2019 the weekly polysilicon spot price average provided by PVinsights got out of sync with other polysilicon price indices as it ignored the strongly rising market share of mono-grade polysilicon.

Depreciation rates of Daqo New Energy and Wacker Polysilicon from Q3 2018 through Q3 2019 and estimate for full 2019

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Leading German polysilicon manufacturer Wacker has announced it will take a massive impairment of €750 million (US$832 million) on the carrying value of its polysilicon plants in its 2019 financial statements.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, OCI, REC Silicon and Wacker from Q3 2018 through Q3 2019

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After weaker results in the second quarter due to maintenance, China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy achieved so far unthinkable cash production costs of US$5.85/kg in the third quarter.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of OCI, REC Silicon and Wacker from Q3 2018 through Q3 2019

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Polysilicon makers OCI, REC Silicon and Wacker all landed in red territory in the third quarter. Operating EBITDA margins ranged from -3.4% (OCI) to -9.3% (REC Silicon) to -13.3% (Wacker).

Xinte Energy’s polysilicon plant in Urumqi, Xinjiang with sunflowers in the foreground

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Xinte Energy, the second-largest polysilicon manufacturer in China, has issued a profit warning, “mainly due to the significant fall of the sales price of polysilicon.”

Polysilicon chunks from Wacker

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Johannes Bernreuter, head of Bernreuter Research, explains to pv magazine why the record-low polysilicon spot price of US$8 per kg should not be overinterpreted and what to expect next.