China imported 5,521 tons of polysilicon in January, representing a year-on-year rise of 74.8%. With China's Spring holiday and year-end audits halting production, China's polysilicon supplies may be quite constrained, says Nanjing Shanglong Communications. And polySi prices are spiking.
SolarWorld’s Sunmodule solar panels, manufactured in the US using monocrystalline technology, now also incorporate high-performance polycrystalline technology. SolarWorld factories in OR and CA are producing polycrystalline solar panels featuring power densities of 230 and 240W peak.
Q-Cells says its new backside polycrystalline cell technology has resulted in solar modules with a record 17.84% efficiency rating (aperture area) and 268W of output.
Prices will continue to fall sharply throughout the crystalline silicon (c-Si) supply chain for at least the next few months, largely because installations are slowing as key regions adjust their incentive schemes, says IMS Research.
A pair of recent deals among Taiwanese and Chinese mc-Si silicon suppliers illustrate the growing importance of streamlining the value chain from ingots to cells, explains Lux Research's Ted Sullivan.
Key takeaways from Applied Material's analyst day meetings this week included an update on the initial impact of the Japan earthquake/tsunami on operations and supply chain, and how the company thinks it can expand its c-Si solar manufacturing technology.
2011 will be a big year for the Ontario PV market, says ClearSky Advisors.
First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) broke ground on its four-line photovoltaic module manufacturing plant in the Dong Nam Industrial Park near Ho Chi Minh City.
Under a corporate reorganization, Schiller Automation will target the solar cell and module production equipment industry with a Photovoltaics business unit, separate from an Automotive & Electronics business unit.
Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello Inc. (MCTI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (Tokyo), and Scientex Berhad (Malaysia) reached an agreement to form a new joint venture company and construct production facilities in Malaysia to manufacture solar cell encapsulants under the SOLAR EVA brand.
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