Munich, Germany, June 13 (QNA) - Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) on Wednesday urged polysilicon and solar industry experts to join the organization and help build a brand new industry of solar energy in Qatar - the solar hub for the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).
QSTec's Chief Financial Officer Abdulla Saif Al Mesallam made this clarion call, during a panel session focussed on MENA region, in his address to an international audience at the Intersolar Europe Exhibition here in Munich.
"QSTec is currently made up of a multi-national and multi-cultural workforce. We are looking for talented industry professionals to join our QSTec team as we develop a new industry for Qatar and the region from the ground up the solar industry," said Al Mesallam.
The Intersolar Europe Exhibition is the world s largest expo for the solar industry where top experts and decision-maker converge. Around 80,000 delegates are attending the conference and exhibition from June 11 to 15 June at the Munich Trade Fair Centre.
Speaking on the potential for alternative energy in MENA, he said, "We feel there is enormous untapped potential for solar within Qatar and the Middle East region and QSTec is well placed to deal with this growth.
"A number of our senior professional staff members come from Qatar, specifically from the oil, gas and petro-chemical industries as they have many transferrable skills that are highly suitable for the solar industry and especially the polysilicon manufacturing sector. We are looking to expand QSTec to meet local, regional and international demand."
A number of new jobs and business opportunities within the local economy will be created in Qatar. QSTec will provide new career paths in the solar energy sector for the country s youth and talented professionals to participate in. (MORE)
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The polysilicon produced in Qatar by QSTec will enable solar energy companies and organizations around the globe to produce products that reduce greenhouse gases, protect the environment and provide the clean renewable energy that makes such a positive impact on so many people across the world.
As part of the Qatar National Vision 2030, there is a growing demand in Qatar for solar technologies and applications that are sustainable, reliable and that will bring a lasting benefit to the region and the world.
Solar energy complements the energy created from natural gas and the use of solar power alongside gas will both preserve and protect the country s natural resources.
QSTec's top priority is providing solar solutions that are the very best quality, efficient and sustainable. It will soon be producing high quality, solar grade polysilicon, the key ingredient that goes into making the world's most efficient solar technologies such as solar cells and modules that convert the sun s power into energy.
In the future, QSTec hopes to expand into other areas and create many more solar energy solutions here in Qatar not just benefitting Qatar but also the rest of the world by protecting the environment.
QSTec's US$1 Billion polysilicon manufacturing plant, located in Ras Laffan Industrial City, will initially produce 8,000 metric tonnes per year of polysilicon. By the time this is transformed into solar modules, these solar modules will capture enough solar energy to power around 240,000 homes for an entire year.
QSTec is a joint venture formed between Qatar Solar (a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development), SolarWorld AG and Qatar Development Bank.
QSTec aims to become one of the world s leading integrated solar companies, with its products used locally in Qatar and exported globally, ensuring a sustainable industry for Qatar whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. (QNA)