07 May 2007 15:25 [Source: ICIS news]
MUMBAI (ICIS news)--Degussa has signed a 10-year agreement to supply chlorosilanes to a unit of PV Crystalox Solar, the specialty chemicals company said in a statement on Monday.?xml:namespace>
The unit, PV Silicon Forschungs-und Produktions, was building a photovoltaic silicon plant at the Bitterfeld chemical park in ?xml:namespace>
The plant was due to come onstream in 2009 and would have a capacity of 1,800 tonnes/year.
Germany-based Degussa said the capacity could be tripled if required, depending on market developments.
The company said it would expand its chlorosilane capacities at Bitterfeld to supply PV Silicon with Siridion chlorosilanes.
Degussa is the world's largest producer of ultrapure chlorosilanes, which are raw materials in the production of polysilicon, it said.
Polysilicon is used for manufacturing polycrystalline wafers for solar cells.
Degussa said it was committed to the photovoltaics market which was predicted to show double-digit growth rates over the next few years.
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