February 22, 2011
Applied Materials reports on a new selective emitter solution capable of raising absolute cell efficiencies by as much as 0.5% and unveils its upgraded wire-saw technology featuring high-strength structured wire at the SNEC PV Power Expo, taking place this week in Shanghai. The company also announced that its Precision Wafering Division has shipped its 2000th wire saw to the solar manufacturing industry.
February 22, 2011
At the SNEC trade show in Shanghai, China, GT Solar International unveiled its next generation silicon tetrachloride (STC) converter for polysilicon production plants that use direct chlorination for hydrogenating STC. The company points out that the new STC converter is primarily for companies utilizing older, direct chlorination polysilicon plants. GT Solar claims that the new converter is an upgrade that will increase production capacity and lower annual operating costs. Each STC converter has the potential to support 2,500 tons of annual polysilicon production.
February 21, 2011
The Heraeus Photovoltaic Business Unit has started building work on a new factory in Singapore to manufacture silver metallization paste for crystalline solar cells.
February 17, 2011
With significant ingot and wafer capacity expansions, notably underway in Asia, the demand for slurry recycling is working in tandem. With a claimed 40% market share, SiC Processing is raising €100 million via a bond issue to further expand operations in Asia and other regions.
February 16, 2011
A polysilicon supply contract has been signed between OCI and Yingli Green Energy to the tune of US$950 million. The contract will commence in January 2012 and is expected to continue through to the end of 2018.
February 16, 2011
Rumours of a tie-up with Samsung have proved true, with the news that MEMC will establish a new joint-venture firm with Samsung Fine Chemicals to produce polysilicon for the PV industry. The agreement between SFC and MEMC's affiliate, MEMC Singapore, includes building a 10,000MT plant in Ulsan, Korea, close to an SFC chemical plant. Production ramp is targeted for 2013.
February 16, 2011
DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) and Holst Centre have formed a partnership to focus on advancing the technology of printed electronics, specifically in the areas of printed structures on flexible substrates, which are used in a variety of markets including flexible display, RFID, lighting, biomedical and organic photovoltaics (OPV).
February 14, 2011
In one of the largest-ever signed single wafer supply agreements, GCL-Poly will supply approximately 4,400MW (4.4GW) of multicrystalline wafers to China Sunergy over the next six years. Under the terms of the long-term agreement, wafer shipments will commence this month for completion in December 2016 and include a price adjustment mechanism based on wafer market price. No further financial details were disclosed.
February 14, 2011
The introduction of lower feed-in tariffs in some of the key PV markets at the beginning of the year are causing prices to fall throughout the crystalline supply chain, according to the latest quarterly report from IMS Research. Polysilicon, wafer, cell, and module prices are expected to fall 7% on average in the first quarter and should continue to decline in the second quarter.
February 7, 2011
A joint report issued by SEMI and Linx-AEI Consulting reveals that the market for advanced chemicals and materials used in PV solar cell and module manufacturing grew by 114% in 2010 to US$6.5 billion.

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