QSTec to start up its polysilicon facility in Qatar

28.03.2017
Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has announced that it  has fired up its Qatar based polysilicon plant and successfully produced its first polysilicon.
Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has announced that it has fired up its Qatar based polysilicon plant and successfully produced its first polysilicon.

Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has announced that it has successfully produced its first polysilicon at its manufacturing facility in Qatar. According to the company, the production has a capacity of 8,000 metric tonnes per year.

QSTec is a polysilicon producer in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and is planning to expand to over 50,000 MTPA. The company now has successfully commenced operations at its Ras Laffan Industrial City site. As QSTec emphasizes, the activation of the plant represents a major step forward for the MENA region’s solar industry. “The first polysilicon produced from our facility in Qatar represents a major milestone for QSTec and has paved the way for a solar manufacturing base to be established within the region” said QSTec’s Chairman and CEO, Dr. Khalid Klefeekh Al Hajri. “This important achievement in the history of QSTec has been made possible by the continued support of all our shareholders, stakeholders, and the dedication and commitment to the success of the project from our QSTec team. We are now moving from the construction phase towards full scale production and it’s an incredibly exciting time for QSTec and the region’s solar industry.” 

According to QSTec, the new facility is state of the art including a wide range of environmentally friendly technologies, next generation reactors, energy efficient cooling systems and advanced waste treatment facilities that recycle excess gasses and water for reuse in a closed loop system that reduces costs. In addition to this, QSTec’s new facility has a 1.1 MW solar installation that includes a ground mounted solar farm as well as rooftop and solar car parking shades and is a showcase of sustainability. “As a global solar company, QSTec, and its shareholders, have a strong commitment to sustainability, environmental protection and to reducing greenhouse gasses and we have incorporated this into our polysilicon plant” explained Dr. Al Hajri. “We all need to play a role in protecting our environment and we want to lead by example.” QSTec has made several strategic investments spanning the entire solar value chain, including the largest integrated solar module manufacturer in Europe and the United States of America, SolarWorld AG, as well as the world’s leading solar and semi-conductor technology company, Centrotherm AG. As a result, QSTec has emerged as a globally integrated solar company, and together, these companies have formed a solar consortium of excellence with an aim to achieve greater efficiencies right across the solar industry. “QSTec has strategic investments across the solar value chain and a network of global partners that we can leverage for further growth” said Dr Al Hajri.  “We have brought together high quality technologies, advanced R&D and expertise from polysilicon to manufacturing technologies, right through to integrated module production and the construction and development of large scale turn-key solar installations. The MENA region’s solar industry is forecast for high growth and QSTec is well positioned to meet this demand.” The polysilicon plant will now focus on the continuing integration of its various technologies as it moves towards full scale production.

Ralf Ossenbrink / QSTec

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