U.S. made Qcells solar panels will use glass made by Canadian startup

Start-up of glass production Canadian Premium Sandwhich is developing a facility to make glass for solar panels in Manitoba, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Hanwha Solutions that Hanwha will purchase glass for use in its Qcells solar panel assembly facilities in Dalton, Georgia.

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“Following a tour of our planned facilities in Manitoba and meetings in Calgary with members of Hanwha’s management team in June 2022, we are excited to enter into an MOU with Hanwha on the long-term supply of our low-carbon, patterned solar glass,” stated CPS chairman Glenn Leroux. “Hanwha’s North American demand for solar glass in excess of 3 GW of module production represents more than 80% of our planned Phase 1 production capacity.”

Qcells has also already partnered with Moses Lake, Washington-based polysilicon producer REC Silicon, which has also entered into a US silicon supply with Ferroglobe.

“As Qcells expands its manufacturing footprint in North America, we see tremendous value in securing the supply of a trusted partner close to our operations. In addition, the integrated nature of CPS’s operation with its entire sand source and the use of renewable hydropower in its production process provides an excellent alignment with our low-carbon goals,” Hanwha representatives said in a press release.

CPS’s glass factory in Manitoba has not yet been built. The company continues to advance other development initiatives that will bring the solar glass project to kick-start status, including permitting, upgrading and testing of silica sand wells and ongoing negotiations to convert other existing expressions of interest into commercial off-take agreements.

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