Glass manufacturing startup Canadian Premium Sand, which is growing a facility to make glass for photo voltaic panels in Manitoba, has entered right into a memorandum of understanding with Hanwha Options that Hanwha will buy glass to be used at its Qcells solar panel assembly facilities in Dalton, Georgia.
“Following a tour of our deliberate amenities in Manitoba and conferences in Calgary with members of Hanwha’s administration crew in June of 2022, we’re delighted to enter into an MOU with Hanwha relating to long-term provide of our low-carbon, patterned photo voltaic glass,” said CPS president Glenn Leroux. “Hanwha’s North American photo voltaic glass demand necessities of over 3 GW of module manufacturing represents over 80% of our deliberate Part 1 manufacturing capability.”
Qcells has additionally already established a partnership with polysilicon producer REC Silicon primarily based in Moses Lake, Washington, which has additionally locked down a U.S. silicon supply with Ferroglobe.
“As Qcells expands its manufacturing footprint in North America, we see super worth in securing provide from a trusted associate that’s proximal to our operations. Moreover, the built-in nature of CPS’s operation with its wholly-owned sand useful resource and using renewable hydro-electricity in its manufacturing course of provide glorious alignment with our low-carbon goals,” mentioned Hanwha reps in a press launch.
CPS’s Manitoba glass manufacturing facility is just not but constructed. The corporate continues to advance different improvement initiatives that may carry the photo voltaic glass venture to a shovel-ready standing, together with allowing, silica sand useful resource upgrading and testing and ongoing negotiations to transform different present expressions of curiosity to business offtake agreements.