Contributing further to the worldwide polysilicon oversupply, but indicating a positivity that flies in the face of the current economic climate, the Chinese polysilicon production industry looks to be doing well with several new ramps and orders announced. A Cleantech report shows the activity in various regions of the country.
Fushun Koshuha Foundry Co. Ltd. has embarked upon a potential 10,000-ton high-purity polysilicon project with U.S. company PPP and a Japanese firm. The project, which has secured an investment of US$1.2 billion, is scheduled to start construction in April and to be completed in October 2011.
Jiangsu province’s Xuzhou, Yangzhou and Lianyungang regions will be the focal points for the province’s polysilicon activity, with plans to subsidize 260MW of solar power and reach an annual polysilicon production capacity of 30,000 tons by 2011.
Tongwei Co. Ltd. is nearing the second phase of its 3,000-ton polysilicon project in Sichuan province. Groundbreaking for the second phase could happen as soon as the first half of 2009, with a third 6,000-ton phase tentatively planned for before late 2010. Including the late-2008 first phase of 1,000 tons, this would bring the company’s total output to 10,000 tons per annum.
In Shangyu, Zhejiang, Zhejiang ProPower Silicon has commenced construction on a solar grade polysilicon project that is expected to start production in September 2009. Annual capacity of 1,000 tons should be reached by December 2009, with potential for expansion to 5,000 tons in 2010.