Photovoltaics manufacturing equipment supplier GT Solar has received a $47.3 million order from South Korea-based polysilicon producer OCI for its newest SDR400 CVD reactors. Representing the third order by OCI for GT Solar’s SDR400 reactors, the new systems will be installed as the first phase of the customer's recently announced polysilicon capacity expansion plan. The order will be included in GT's backlog for its current quarter (Q3 FY11), which ends on Jan. 1.
“OCI is a long-time valued customer, and we are proud that our polysilicon production technology continues to provide sustained value to meet their growing manufacturing requirements,” said Tom Gutierrez, GT's president/CEO.
GT says the SDR400 can produce more than 400mt of polysilicon per year, reduces power consumption by an additional 20% per kilogram of polysilicon produced compared to the company's efficient SDR300.
OCI has embarked on an ambitious production capacity expansion program that it says will bring its manufacturing capabilities up to 62,000mt by the end of 2012, which would make the Korean company the largest polysilicon producer in the marketplace.