Monday, September 04, 2006


Chip material shortage spooks Silicon Valley - Rare substance vital to 2 booming sectors, making prices rise

"...demand for solar cells has soared thanks in part to government stimuli such as California's 'million solar roofs' initiative and the new greenhouse gas bill. Solar's growing appetite for polysilicon has pushed up prices and constricted supplies of a substance that can only be made in complex and costly plants."

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