China-based integrated PV manufacturer Renesola has appointed a third-party financial and legal firms to provide advise on the proposal by its chairman and CEO, Xianshou Li to purchase the PV manufacturing and LED distribution businesses so the company can move completely downstream.
Leading polysilicon and solar wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has sold a 10% share in its planned 60,000MT polysilicon plant in Xinjiang, China for around US$22 million (RMB 150 million) to monocrystalline wafer producer Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co.
According to Bernreuter Research, polysilicon consumption for the production of solar wafers is set to impact the supply-side as the PV industry adopts diamond wire technologies that significantly lower kerf loss.
Leading polysilicon and solar wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has experienced a rise in polysilicon prices over the last 12 months, while experiencing a similar decline in the selling prices of solar wafers, causing a collision in prices going in the opposite direction that massively impacted its wafer operations profitability in the first quarter of 2017.
China-based polysilicon producer Daqo New Energy has reported its best ever financial quarter in terms of cost structure, production volume and polysilicon quality as it fully ramped annual capacity to 18,000MT.
Major polysilicon producer Wacker said polysilicon shipment volumes fell substantially in the first quarter of 2017, while revenue declined around 10%. The China market had been relatively weak with only a slight rebound in demand at the end of the quarter.
Since Wacker Chemie opened its new 20,000MT polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee in 2016, there was a good chance that the German-headquartered chemicals firm could overtake incumbent market leader, GCL-Poly.
China-based polysilicon producer Daqo New Energy is responding to the need for higher specification polysilicon demand by increased adoption of high-efficiency mono wafers, notably being required for PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) solar cells.