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Press Releases from Bernreuter Research (10 total)

New PV Installations Approaching 100 GW in 2017

Bernreuter Research: Polysilicon supply is sufficient for this milestone Würzburg (Germany), October 24, 2017 – The newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity worldwide will exceed 95 gigawatts (GW) in 2017, according to the latest forecast of Bernreuter Research. "Supply of the feedstock polysilicon would even allow PV installations to reach 100 GW if inventories were strongly reduced," says Johannes Bernreuter, head of the market research firm and author of the Polysilicon Market

Silicon Consumption to Drop to 3.6 Grams per Watt by 2020

Bernreuter Research: Solar industry will reduce wafer kerf loss considerably Würzburg (Germany), June 20, 2017 – The average silicon consumption for manufacturing multi- and monocrystalline solar cells will drop from 4.8 grams per watt (g/W) in 2016 by 25% to 3.6 g/W in 2020. This is the result of a new scenario developed by the polysilicon market research firm Bernreuter Research. "Besides the increasing market share of monocrystalline cells with their

Wacker Is New Global Polysilicon Market Leader

Bernreuter Research: German producer has superseded GCL-Poly as No. 1 Würzburg (Germany), March 30, 2017 – The German chemicals group Wacker Chemie AG has become the world's largest manufacturer of polysilicon, the feedstock for semiconductors and solar cells. With a production volume of more than 70,000 metric tons (MT) in 2016, Wacker superseded Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd. in China, which produced 69,345 MT. Jiangsu Zhongneng

Ramp-up Delays to Stabilize Polysilicon Price

Bernreuter Research predicts short-term increase followed by downtrend Würzburg (Germany), July 10, 2014 – Rising demand in China and the delayed ramp-up of new production capacities will drive up the polysilicon price in the third quarter, according to the latest analysis made by polysilicon market research firm Bernreuter Research."We expect the spot price to climb up to US$23/kg from the current $21/kg before it will drop to a range of $18

New Polysilicon Technology – Promise or Hype?

Bernreuter Research warns of overestimating fluidized bed reactor (FBR) Würzburg (Germany), February 27, 2014 – The latest announcement of US manufacturer REC Silicon Inc. that it would establish a new polysilicon plant with an annual production capacity of 19,000 metric tons (MT) has highlighted an upcoming trend in the polysilicon industry: the rise of fluidized bed reactor (FBR) technology. Like REC, China-based GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd., the world's largest polysilicon manufacturer,

Polysilicon Duties: Wacker and OCI Win the Day

Both producers profit from latest Chinese rulings, says Bernreuter Research Würzburg (Germany), January 30, 2014 – Wacker Chemie AG and OCI Company Ltd., the world's No. 2 and 3 polysilicon manufacturers, respectively, are the big winners after the latest rulings of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) regarding anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on polysilicon imports into China. While final duty rates of up to 57% have been imposed on US manufacturers

Polysilicon Market on a Roller-Coaster Ride

New report from Bernreuter Research: Oversupply returns after short recovery Würzburg (Germany), January 8, 2014 – After a short recovery in 2013, the polysilicon industry is once again steering towards oversupply. This is one of the conclusions of the latest global polysilicon market report from Bernreuter Research, The 2014 Who's Who of Solar Silicon Production. "Although shutting down capacities of approximately 135,000 metric tons (MT) since 2011 has solved the oversupply

Polysilicon industry to resume growth in 2013 – Bernreuter Research sees risin …

Würzburg (Germany), January 8, 2013 – The global polysilicon industry will return to the path of growth and increase its production by 6.5% in 2013, according to the latest analysis of Bernreuter Research. The polysilicon market research firm projects the global polysilicon net demand – including that of the semiconductor industry, but excluding the consumption of inventories – will amount to approximately 250,000 metric tons (MT) this year. The spot

Leaner polysilicon industry poised for rebound

Bernreuter Research issues new report on companies, supply and demand Frankfurt/Main (Germany), September 25, 2012 – After a shakeout of nearly 40 manufacturers, the polysilicon industry will slowly recover from oversupply by 2014. 2015 could already see the harbingers of a new polysilicon shortage. This is one of the conclusions of the new market research report The 2012 Who’s Who of Solar Silicon Production, which Bernreuter Research today presented during the

Polysilicon enables strong PV growth - Bernreuter Research: Feedstock sufficient …

Würzburg (Germany), October 27, 2010 - Polysilicon production in 2010 will be sufficient to manufacture solar modules made of crystalline silicon cells with a total power of 17 gigawatts (GW). In 2011, silicon supply for the photovoltaic (PV) industry will even be equivalent to 27.5 GW of crystalline modules, according to the latest forecast of the market research firm Bernreuter Research. The total power of crystalline modules produced annually is