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China-531 to accelerate demise of multi; polysilicon consumption decline to 3g/W by 2022

Sep 06, 2018 1:03 PM BST By Finlay Colville, Head of Research, PV-Tech & Solar Media Ltd., Solar Media. Much has been written and voiced over the past couple of months in the PV industry, following the so-called China-531 policy announcement that finally provided a wake-up call to Chinese manufacturers that their domestic end-market was not going[…]

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The ultra-pure, super-secret sand that makes your phone possible

The processor that makes your laptop or cell phone work was fabricated using quartz from this obscure Appalachian backwater. BY VINCE BEISER https://www.wired.com/story/book-excerpt-science-of-ultra-pure-silicon/ FRESH FROM CHURCH on a cool, overcast Sunday morning in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, Alex Glover slides onto the plastic bench of a McDonald’s booth. He rummages through his knapsack, then pulls[…]

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Solar manufacturing must grow by another 100GW in three years – PV CellTech 2018

By Tom Kenning Mar 14, 2018 7:57 AM GMT Having just reached the 100GW annual capacity level, the solar manufacturing industry must hit another 100GW within three years to meet demand, according to prominent industry figure Pierre Verlinden, who until recently was the long-standing chief scientist of ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Trina Solar.[…]

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Mono and multi production 50:50 in 2018, but mono is the future

By Finlay Colville, Head of Solar Intelligence, Solar Media. Mono c-Si cell production is forecast to account for 49% of all c-Si cell production in 2018, and will become the dominant technology used in the PV industry by 2019, according to new research contained in the latest release of the PV Manufacturing & Technology Quarterly[…]

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HPQM Featured in Benchmark Minerals Intelligence High Purity Quartz Report – “HOT ROCKS”

Quartz has been exploited by humans since prehistoric times. The Roman naturalist and philosopher Pliny the Elder contemplated clear quartz and argued it must be a form of petrified ice, created over an immense length of time. Given the limitations of Ancient science, Pliny’s assessment was noteworthy for at least recognising some kind of geological force[…]

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Frost & Sullivan: Energy Storage and Renewable Energy to witness accelerated growth in 2016 despite low oil prices

SINGAPORE, Dec. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The extreme weather patterns and environmental occurrences experienced across the Asia Pacific region have brought to the forefront the urgent need for countries to work together and reach an agreement on actionable solutions to limit global warming. Examples of recent incidents include drought and severe haze in Southeast Asia,[…]

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Cracking the feedstock puzzle for larger solar ingots

By Til Bartel Solar ingots are large blocks of silicon carefully solidified in a high purity crucible. Great care is given to the crystalline quality of these ingots since wafers extracted from them determine the performance of the finished solar cell. Producing such an ingot is extremely cash intensive and represents about a one-third of[…]