The Dutch economy ministry has announced that Netherlands module manufacturing equipment supplier Eurotron will supply a PV module production line to a manufacturer in Qatar.
The deal was made as minister Henk Kamp visited Qatar and Abu Dhabi with representatives of 28 Dutch companies and institutions, mostly in the fields of energy and infrastructure. The travelling contingent made the trip to look at opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs in the Arab state.
The capacity of the production line to be sold by Eurotron has not been revealed. The name of the Qatari company which will be supplied with the facility has also not been disclosed.
The announcement by the ministry claims that the modules to be produced at the Eurotron-supplied facility, developed by the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), are more efficient than panels that are currently commonly used. In addition, ECN has signed an agreement to create a solar research centre in Qatar with local partners. According to reports in the Dutch media, the research centre will be used to research and develop solar panels resistant to desert conditions. In July, ISC Konstanz and Technical University of Berlin opened a desert module testing facility near El Gouna, Egypt.
The government of Qatar, along with the governments of Dubai and Saudi Arabia, recently announced ambitions to diversify the country’s energy mix and the three Gulf states have already begun to make inroads toward increasing the amount of solar power generated.