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

Monocrystalline solar wafers from Zhonghuan Semiconductor

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China-based Zhonghuan Semiconductor, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of monocrystalline solar wafers, will build a new factory with a capacity of 25 GW in Inner Mongolia.

Representatives of Saudi Arabia’s National Industrial Clusters Development Program, Saudi Basic Industries Corp., OCI Company and Longi Group shake hands after signing a Memorandum of Understanding

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Chemical conglomerate Saudi Basic Industries Corp., South Korea’s OCI Company and China’s Longi Group have signed a memorandum of understanding for an integrated solar and carbon black production complex.

GCL-Poly’s wafer factory in Suzhou

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Leading China-based polysilicon and wafer maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings made a loss of approx. US$77.7 million in the first ten months of 2018; the group will dispose its subsidiary Suzhou Kezhun Photovoltaic Technologies.

Diamond wire saw with monocrystalline silicon ingot

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An interesting background article of pv magazine illustrates the technological progress that has facilitated the current upswing of monocrystalline silicon in the PV market.

Daqo New Energy’s polysilicon plant in Shihezi, Xinjiang

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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

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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.

Directional solidification furnaces for multicrystalline silicon at Daqo New Energy in Chongqing

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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

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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.

Corporate buildings of Longi and Aiko Solar

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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.

Longi’s four polysilicon supply contracts

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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.