Polysilicon Supply Strain Sparks Interest In Buried Scrap Wafers

An insufficient supply of polysilicon, which has spurred the price of silicon wafers to a new high, has caused industry players to consider the possibility of using scrap wafers that have been already been buried for years, according to sources in Taiwan's solar industry. The fact that quotes for one kilogram of highly-purified polysilicon has hit $400 in the spot market while quotes for a 6" multi-crystalline silicon wafer has shot to a new high of $9.20-9.30 in December, highlights the tough situation the solar industry is facing, the industry players noted.

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