Luo Jiyu, deputy director of Chongqing's Wanzhou District, says that the local government will invest more than CNY10 billion on projects centered around Polysilicon to make the district the world's Polysilicon capital.

Luo told local media that China only annually produces less than 300 tons of Polysilicon, an important material for solar batteries, semiconductors and LCD screens.

He said that the project will be started in August 2006. The first schedule of the project, which involves a CNY2.5 billion investment, is expected to be completed in 18 months and achieve an annual production capacity of 3000 tons. And the second schedule, involving a CNY2 billion investment, will also yield 3000 tons of Polysilicon each year.

At present, the world's total production of Polysilicon is merely 28000 tons. So upon the completion of this project, Wanzhou should become the capital of the world's Polysilicon industry.

Polysilicon (p-si) is short for Polycrystalline Silicon, which is a form of silicon composed of many crystals, as opposed to Amorphous Silicon (a-si), which is an unordered form with a random internal structure.

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