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Longi, Ferroglobe sign long-term silicon supply deal

Longi and Ferroglobe have signed a long-term agreement for supplies of quartzite and metallurgical grade silicon (MGS). The deal has been in effect since the start of the year.

Weekend Read: Thin prospects

The production of PV ingots and wafers remains the most highly concentrated of all the production stages in the silicon solar supply chain. Yet efforts to re-establish production in Europe and the United States are not for the faint-hearted.


Weekend Read: Temper tantrum

Reports of broken module glass with no obvious cause have begun to crop up at large PV projects. Module design, glass manufacturing, and interactions in the field between modules and trackers are at play and a clear solution has yet to emerge. Early signs suggest an update to certification standards may be needed.


Chinese PV Industry Brief: Longi cuts wafer prices by 29%

Longi has reduced its wafer prices by 29%, while Sungrow Hydrogen has supplied electrolyzers for an integrated hydrogen mining complex in Hubei province.


Weekend Read: Famine to feast – China’s solar market in 2023

China’s solar industry rebounded in 2023 after years of pandemic-related sluggishness. As the year draws to a close, pv magazine looks back at key highlights of 2023 and considers the prospects for 2024.


Commercial perovskites imminent

Andries Wantenaar, a solar analyst at Rethink Energy, explains why he sees a bright future for perovskite PV cells, with technological advancements and major R&D investment paving the way for revolutionary change.


Chinese PV Industry Brief: JA Solar to build 5 GW of cell capacity in Vietnam

GCL Technology Holdings Limited reported strong revenue for the first half of 2023, while JA Solar says it will invest CNY 2.72 billion ($374.8 million) in 5 GW of N-type solar cell capacity in Vietnam.


Chinese PV Industry Brief: CGN reveals inverter bids, Longi raises wafer prices

CGN New Energy has revealed the bidding results for its 2023 centralized purchasing plan, while Longi has raised wafer prices in response to market demand.

Wafer formats continue to evolve

Differences in wafer and module specifications, which have bedevilled solar developers in recent years, could now be narrowing.


Weekend Read: China’s solar century

From zero to hero in 20 years, China’s PV industry has undergone an extraordinary journey. Vincent Shaw considers the reasons for the nation’s solar success and the challenges ahead.


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