QSTec seeks talent to power solar energy industry

Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) yesterday urged polysilicon and solar industry experts to join the organisation and help build a brand new industry of solar energy in Qatar, the solar hub for the Middle East and North Africa region.

QSTec chief financial officer Abdulla Saif al-Mesallam was addressing an international audience from a panel session focussing on the MENA region at the Intersolar Europe Exhibition, the world’s largest for the solar industry, in Munich, Germany.

“QSTec is currently made up of a multinational and multi-cultural workforce. We are looking for talented industry professionals to join the team as we develop a new industry for Qatar and the region from the ground up,” he explained.

Pointing out that there is enormous untapped potential for solar energy within Qatar and the Middle East region, al-Mesallam claimed 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,” he stated.

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, he said.

The polysilicon produced by QSTec will enable solar energy companies and organisations around the globe to manufacture products that reduce greenhouse gases, protect the environment and provide clean renewable energy, he pointed out.

As part of the Qatar National Vision 2030, there is a growing demand within Qatar for solar technologies and applications that are sustainable, reliable and which will bring a lasting benefit to the region and the world. Solar energy compliments the energy created from natural gas and the use of solar power alongside gas will both preserve and protect the country’s natural resources, he said.

QSTec’s number one priority is providing solar solutions that are the very best quality, efficient and sustainable. QSTec will soon produce 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, he pointed out.

This solar energy will provide a sustainable alternative source of energy whilst conserving and protecting Qatar’s natural resources for the future.

QSTec hopes to expand into other areas and create many more solar energy solutions here in Qatar– not just benefiting the country but also the rest of the world.

QSTec’s $1bn polysilicon manufacturing plant, coming up 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 aims to become one of the world’s leading integrated solar companies, with its products used locally in Qatar and exported globally.

Around 80,000 delegates are attending the five-day Intersolar Europe Conference and Exhibition which began on June 11.