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.
“One new, high-efficient STC converter replaces approximately six older generation converters. This significantly reduces converter maintenance costs and lowers the plant’s power consumption,” said Dave Keck, vice president and general manager of GT Solar’s Polysilicon Business Unit. “We are committed to helping our customers improve their competitive position by providing the technology and engineering services they need to produce high quality polysilicon at lowest price/kilogram possible. Our new STC converters will help customers operating older, direct chlorination plants achieve this goal.”
GT Solar also debuted its new service program, Productivity Partner Program that is geared towards its DSS furnace customers. Customers who sign up for the program will have access to the company’s consumables and part inventory. Furthermore, the new program provides customer support from its Asia-based advanced technology team, who will help customers make certain that their DSS furnaces are operating at peak performance levels.
GT Solar can be found at the SNEC conference, running from February 22-24, at booth 360, hall E4.