China's GCL and Mubadala plan UAE polysilicon project

05 June 2024
Project set to become world's largest granular silicon R&D and manufacturing base

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China-headquartered polysilicon manufacturer GCL Tech has partnered with Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company to build a polysilicon factory in the UAE.

According to a local media report, GCL Tech signed a strategic cooperation agreement with MDC Power, a unit of Mubadala Investment Company, to build a polysilicon manufacturing facility in the Gulf state.

It is understood that the two companies are looking to establish an integrated silicon ecosystem in the UAE, which GCL said may incubate the "world's largest granular silicon research, development and manufacturing base".

“The company expects to continually develop its collaboration with Mubadala with a view to entering into legally binding investment agreements in relation to the Collaboration Project,” reports said citing a GCL Tech statement.

GCL Tech said it has 12GW of ingot capacity and 58.5GW of wafer capacity in China.

It is also working on a perovskite tandem technology, with reported efficiencies of 19.04% for a single-junction module and 26.34% for a tandem module.

According to regional projects tracker MEED Projects, an estimated 113GW of solar photovoltaic projects are in planning in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria and the UAE comprise the region's largest solar PV markets.

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