Silicon shortage?

Wired News' John Gartner comments on a new report from the Energy Foundation, on the significant potential for solar in the United States in the near term, if cost barriers can be overcome. One of those barriers is apparently the supply of silicon, and Gartner notes that various other reports suggest problems there in the near term.  

In particular, there's apparently a three-year lag time in building a "new polysilicon plant", and even while current prices for silicon are more than double what they were in 2000-2004, supply will probably not catch up to projected demand until 2008. Having a more assured market through stable government incentives, as exist in Germany and Japan, could make a huge difference to the US market.

Created: 2005-03-30 04:10:06 by Arthur Smith
Modified: 2005-03-31 04:02:41 by Arthur Smith