China imported estimated 45,000 tonnes polysilicon in 2010 - trade

20 January 2011 09:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China, the world’s top energy user, is estimated to have imported around 45,000 tonnes of polysilicon last year, while domestic production was seen at 40,000 tonnes, industry sources said on Thursday.

“Supply of polysilicon is tight in China. Demand is growing because of rapid expansion of solar cell and wafer manufacturers,” said a trader, adding these players would require more polysilicon.

Polysilicon is the main material used in solar cells and panels.

A 2,000-tonne spot cargo of polysilicon was traded in China at about $81/kg (€60/kg) ex-wharf for prompt January delivery, traders said.

Domestic Chinese polysilicon makers include Jiangsu Shunda, LDK Solar, Sichuan Yongxiang, Jiangsu Zhongneng, Luoyang Zhonggui, Asia Silicon, Sichuan Xinguang, Wuxi Zhongcai, Dongfang Turbine, Chongqing Daquan, and Inner Mongolia Shenzhou Silicon, according to industry sources.

Polysilicon sits on top of the photovoltaic supply chain. It is derived from metallurgical-grade silicon via chemical processes.

One megawatt of photovoltaic power requires seven tonnes, or 7,000kg, of polysilicon material. Polysilicon is traded in chunks, rods and granules.

($1 = €0.74)

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By: Felicia Loo

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