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Two Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturers, Neo Solar Power (NSP) and Topcell Solar International (TSI) have concluded new short-term wafer supply contracts from GCL-Poly totalling approximately 4GW.
Bernreuter Research has warned that next-generation polysilicon production techniques should not be over-hyped.
Although its major sapphire materials business win with iconic consumer electronics firm, Apple continues to generate headlines, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has suggested new order wins for new products for the polysilicon and PV segment in the second-half of the year could be even greater.
The drawn-out period of forbearance agreements between LDK Solar and US bondholders looks over and the heavily indebted PV manufacturer could start insolvency proceedings in the Cayman Islands should bondholders not agree on a settlement.
Production equipment and plant construction firm RENA has pinned its hopes for a successful restructuring process on the expected upturn in the solar industry.
Meyer Burger and CSEM PV Center are establishing the Swiss-Inno HJT Project that will include a pilot line and development program to produce low-cost Heterojunction silicon solar cell technology (HJT).
First Solar’s subsidiary, TetraSun has placed its first order with ACT Aurora Control Technologies for its Decima CD inline measurement system.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Sino-American Silicon (SAS) reported January, 2014 sales of NT$1,834 million (US$60.6 million), down 10.31% in the previous quarter.
In a continued effort to return its Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) division to breakeven, despite two-years of downsizing and restructuring, Applied Materials said it had reduced EES spending per quarter to US$25 million.
Leading polysilicon and wafer manufacturer GCL-Poly is to become a majority shareholder in consumer electronics firm Same Time.
Major polysilicon producer, REC Silicon, has said polysilicon production in 2014 would be lower than 2013 levels due to outages at its Silane II and IV facilities.
Korea’s largest polysilicon producer, OCI said that it would revive plans to add polysilicon capacity to meet expected future demand.
Polysilicon demand is increasing sharply on the back of expected global end market demand reaching 49GW in 2014, according to NPD Solarbuzz.
SunEdison has said the polysilicon ingot production operations for its semiconductor customers would be consolidated with the full closure of its facilities in Merano, Italy, and the transfer of 200mm diameter ingot production from St. Peters, Missouri to other overseas facilities.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) continued to post incremental increases in sales, which have continued for over a year.
Sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 at Dow Corning were boosted by higher polysilicon shipments from subsidiary, Hemlock Semiconductor.
Wacker Chemie reported fourth quarter polysilicon sales of €250 million, up from €235 million in the prior quarter as demand from Asia remained strong.
SolarWorld said in a statement that it had reached an agreement with a long-term “raw material” supplier to restructure supply contracts that would result in impairment charges in the “double-digit million Euro amount.”
SunEdison and the Government of Saudi Arabia are undertaking a feasibility study to establish a fully integrated PV manufacturing complex, including polysilicon production through to PV module assembly at an estimated cost of US$6.4 billion.
Daqo New Energy has completed the de-bottlenecking project at its polysilicon plant in Xinjiang, China, which has started ramping to its expected nameplate capacity of 6,150MT.
Specialist encapsulant supplier, STR Holdings, has said it expects fourth quarter 2013 sales to have slightly exceeded the prior quarter levels, indicating a reversal in its downward sales trajectory after losing First Solar as its major customer at the end of 2012.
The decision to penalise US polysilicon producers with heavy import duties by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) as part of the ongoing trade war has led to both Wacker and OCI grabbing further polysilicon market share in the country.
Major polysilicon producer, Wacker Chemie, said it would benefit from a one-time windfall of around €115 million in the first quarter of 2014 due to the restructuring of a supply contract with an undisclosed solar PV customer.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to SolarWorld Industries Americas request to investigate anti-dumping (AD) and anti-subsidy ‘loop-hole’ claims over imported PV products including solar cells used in Chinese modules supplied from Taiwan.
LDK Solar said that a recent short extension to talks with bondholders that ended today has been replaced with a new 21-day forbearance arrangement over unpaid interest on a US$280 million bond debt.