Supporting GCL’s plans to become a leading polysilicon and wafer supplier in the shortest possible time, GT Solar has started installing and commissioning its DSS450HP crystalline growth systems at GCL’s new wafer manufacturing facility in China. A $40 million contract had been signed between the two companies in January, which included furnaces.
“GCL is a significantly important customer for us as we are working with both their polysilicon production and PV manufacturing businesses,” commented Tom Gutierrez, president and CEO of GT Solar. “We have put together an aggressive installation schedule and have allocated the necessary resources to meet GCL’s timeline for bringing all the units on line demonstrating that we have the experience and depth of resources capable of handling a project of this magnitude and in meeting GCL’s installation timeframe.”
GCL recently updated its solar wafer capacity expansion plans, highlighting that it expects to reach 2GW by the end of October. Previously, GCL-Poly had said this figure would be reached by the end of the year. The company also noted that wafer capacity had already reached 1.2GW.
GT Solar said that a dedicated team of field service personnel would rotate through GCL’s facility to ensure that installation and acceptance of the systems goes smoothly. The DSS450HP furnaces are said to offer 15-20% improvement in productivity.