QSTec supplies modules for Passivhaus-Baytna test project in Qatar

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Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) will provide Barwa with 136 modules for installation at Barwa’s Passivhaus-Baytna sustainable housing project which is being developed in Qatar.

At a ceremony held at QSTec’s West Bay headquarters in Doha, Qatar, Dr. Khalid K Al Hajri, QSTec’s Chairman and CEO, presented the first module to Ahmad Abdulla Al-Abdulla, Deputy Group CEO of Barwa.

As reported by PV-Tech’s sister site Design-Build Solar, the 136 high efficiency SolarWorld-QSTec monocrystalline silicon modules will provide the project with an installed capacity of 34kWp and help to generate around 58,000 kWh of electricity every year. The modules will help to provide all of the Passivhaus-Baytna project’s electricity demand and any excess power will be fed into the Kahramaa’s grid.

The Passivhaus-Baytna project involves building two 225 square metre villas side by side in Barwa City in order to compare the energy usage and environmental impact of each dwelling. One villa is being constructed to a one-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) standard while the Passivhaus villa has been designed so that it consumes 50% less energy and water compared with the other villa.

QSTec, Barwa and several other leading companies and scientific organisations in Qatar are involved in the Passivhaus initiative. The villas, which will be completed later this year, will each be occupied by families with similar characteristics. Their energy use will be monitored and compared over time to identify the energy savings and impact between the two houses on the environment. 

Commenting on the company’s plans, Dr Al Hajri said: “QSTec aims to bring solar into the mainstream of Qatar’s energy mix. Solar is recognised as Qatar’s primary renewable energy technology and an essential part of our sustainable energy future. Barwa’s Passivhaus-Baytna project will demonstrate that, by using solar and environmental technologies, you can build quality homes and buildings, complete with all the latest modern conveniences, while substantially reducing our carbon footprint and protecting the environment for future generations.”

Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, has recently announced plans to install 1.8GW of PV capacity over the next few years. With high levels of solar irradiation, the country’s solar target is part of Qatar’s wider plans o generate 20% of its energy demand from renewable sources by 2030.

Supporting Qatar’s renewable energy plans is the recent launch of the country’s first large-scale solar testing facility. Established by Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), GreenGulf and Chevron Qatar, it was officially inaugurated on 2 December and will be involved in the testing of emerging solar technologies from around the world in order to identify those best suited to the climate of the Gulf region.

Furthermore, the facility will support the deployment of solar energy in Qatar and the region by generating data for the planning of large-scale solar power production facilities and other key applications such as solar cooling and solar desalination.

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