02 July 2013 02:47 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--ReneSola restarted production at its 10,000 tonne polysilicon plant in Sichuan, China, on 1 July, after having upgraded the plant’s furnaces and hydrochlorination technology, the photovoltaic maker said late on Monday.
The polysilicon plant was taken off line in November 2012 for upgrading. At the same time, the company integrated its Phase II production facilities with those of Phase I for a combined polysilicon production capacity of 10,000 tonnes, the company said in a statement.
ReneSola began trial production at its newly integrated polysilicon plant in the first quarter of 2013.
“Our polysilicon plant upgrades are key to reducing our overall wafer and module production costs, as well as shielding us from volatility in the polysilicon market,” said ReneSola’s CEO Xianshou Li.
He added the expanded, internal polysilicon production will reduce their production costs.
In the third quarter of 2013, ReneSola expects to produce approximately 1,800-2,000 tonnes of polysilicon with a production cost of approximately $18/kg (€14/kg), the statement showed.
This is compared with approximately 1,176 tonnes of polysilicon with a production cost of approximately $24/kg in the third quarter of 2012, it stated.
The hydrochlorination technology helps lower energy consumption to less than 100kWh/kg, compared with 145 kWh/kg before the upgrades, the company said.
The financial amount for the upgrades was not disclosed.
($1 = €0.77)
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