Greater China spot price of monocrystalline wafers shows relatively large drop this week, says Digitimes Research
Jackie Chang, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Friday 16 September 2011]
The spot price of polysilicon in the Greater China region remained steady at US$49.5/kg this week. However, the spot price of 125 monocrystalline (125 Mono) wafers dropped to US$1.25/pc, a 4.6% drop compared to last week. In comparison with 156 multicrystalline (156 Multi) wafers, the spot price of 125 Mono and 156 monocrystalline (156 Mono) wafers both showed a relatively significant drop, according to Digitimes Research.
The previous price drop of multicrystalline wafers caused demand to shift away from monocrystalline wafers, causing the spot price of the latter to drop as well, says Digitimes Research analyst Chihheng Liang.
At EU PVSEC 2011, many solar firms showcased mono-like solar cells showing a change of focus. Mono-like solar cells have the quality of low production costs and high conversion efficiency. This shift of focus is likely the reason why spot prices of mono and multicrystalline silicon solar cells showed slight decreases this week, added Liang.
Source: Digitimes Research, September 2011