Taiwanese-based energy market analyst company, EnergyTrend, has released its latest PV component price report. Reportedly, those for mono-si wafers have unexpectedly declined this week. This fall was said to have amplified the price reduction for multi-si wafers.
Indeed, mono is becoming increasingly cheap, while multi-si is struggling with high inventory and low demand. By the analysts’ account, Taiwanese mono-si prices have remained at US$0.432-0.461/Pc, whereas multi-si prices have fallen to $0.298-0.317/Pc. Black silicon product prices, meanwhile, have remained at $0.324/Pc.
Looking at global price development, the analysts find that overseas mono-si prices have decreased to $0.38-0.40/Pc, with average prices falling to $0.390/Pc. Multi-si prices have dropped to $0.267-0.280/Pc, with average prices decreasing to $0.275/Pc. Also, black silicon product prices have declined to $0.315/Pc.
PV grade polysilicon continues to struggle with oversupply, says EnergyTrend, although it reports that Tier 1 suppliers have signed orders in October with little noticeable effects resulting from the price decreases. The analysts add that previously closed small- and medium-sized plants, and production lines with higher costs, are looking at resuming business again.
Regarding costs, EnergyTrend says Taiwanese multi-si material prices have reached $10.51-11.81/Kg, with average prices falling to $11.09/Kg. Mono-si material prices are $11.66-12.67/Kg, with average prices dropping to $12.10/Kg. Meanwhile, overseas prices decreased to $9.0-10.2/Kg, with average prices at $9.8/Kg.
Regarding cells, the market looks better for Tier 1 mono-si manufacturers, with a nearly 100% capacity utilization rate. However, second and third-tier manufacturers, as well as multi-si suppliers’ utilization rates, remain below 40% levels.
In Taiwan, general mono-si prices are $0.144-0.153/W, while high-efficiency mono-si prices have slightly increased to $0.161-0.169/W, and average prices remain unchanged at $0.166/W. Ultra-high efficiency mono-si (>21.5%) prices have grown to $0.167-0.176/W, with average prices of $0.169/W. General multi-si PV cell prices have slightly decreased to $0.115-0.122/W, with average prices falling to $0.119/W. Double-sided PV cell prices have remained at $0.173-0.187/W.
For overseas general mono-si products, the price range has been narrowed to $0.123-0.129/W, while prices for high-efficiency mono-si products have been lowered to $0.142-0.165/W, and unchanged average prices of $0.157/W. Ultra-high efficiency mono-si (>21.5%) prices have fallen to $0.148-0.168/W, and multi-si prices have remained at $0.102-0.133/W.
According to EnergyTrend, module prices have remained mostly unchanged this week, due to the absence of momentum in the market. So far, the price range of domestic general multi-si (270-275W) has been narrowed to $0.252-0.266/W. High-efficiency multi-si (280-285W) prices have climbed to $0.259-0.278/W, while the price range of general mono-si (290-295W) has widened to $0.264-0.282/W. Also, for high-efficiency mono-si (300-305W) the price range increased to $0.305-0.317/W. With a look to ultra-high efficiency mono-si (>310W), prices have reached $0.317/W.
Overseas general multi-si prices are $0.218-0.290/W, while average prices have dropped to $0.219/W, and high-efficiency multi-si prices have remained at $0.220-0.280/W. The price range of general mono-si has narrowed to $0.246-0.370/W, and high-efficiency mono-si prices have fallen to $0.265-0.395/W.
Overall, the analysts claim the PV market is in need of new momentum to maintain a healthy equilibrium between demand and supply of silicon material, wafers, cells and modules.