China’s solar industry maintains positive growth momentum


The Linde Group and its subsidiary, Linde LienHwa (LLH), have jointly announced several long-term gas supply contracts with leading Chinese solar manufacturers.

The multi-million US dollar contracts will see Linde supplying to the full solar manufacturing value chain in China, from polysilicon to major solar module manufacturers, including GS Solar, Parity Solar, CNPV Solar Power SA, General Solar Power and Argus Power.

Linde’s Greater China Regional Business Unit will construct and manage two steam methane reformers (SMRs) in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, for the supply of high purity hydrogen (H2) products for the rapid capacity expansion of polysilicon manufacturing. Linde’s SMR process is capable of producing large volumes of high purity H2 products, bringing energy-efficient benefits to polysilicon manufacturers.

Linde’s electronics-focused subsidiary LLH’s new long-term gas supply contracts, going on-stream this year in China, will provide delivery of bulk and specialty gases essential for solar cells manufacturing. LLH’s total gases supply to these new and expanding customers will significantly cover more than 1GW of capacity, with a further 300MW of possible expansions.

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