5 Myths About Solar – Debunked!
Monday July 22, 2019
Myth 1: Solar Panel Manufacturing is Environmentally Damaging Studies by the NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) have shown that the payback period in terms of energy production vs. production cost is actually <4 years. Aside from the relatively low cost of production and quick payback period, the NREL concluded that the average US household with
Diversity at TQC
Monday July 15, 2019
The QUARTZ Corp has found success thus far in difficult, highly technical markets due to our diverse, enthusiastic workforce. We are founded on the coming together of two very different and diverse companies: One based in Northern Norway and the other in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. This merger did not only bring together
The History of the Semiconductor Industry
Tuesday July 2, 2019
The QUARTZ Corp is a key supplier of high purity quartz sand to the semiconductor industry. The below infographic highlights some key events in the semiconductor industry. For more information about our high purity quartz sand, please contact us or download our datasheets.
Weekly News Update: “Bloomberg Predicts Wind and Solar will Power Half the World and Bag $9 Trillion Investment”, Renewable Energy World
Friday June 28, 2019
Kelvin Ross reported on June 20th 2019 for Renewable Energy World that renewables (wind and solar) now are the least expensive option for adding power generation capacity in 2/3rds of the world. Further drops in costs will see renewables powering nearly 50% of the global grid by 2050, and will get ~$9.5 trillion of investments
Benefits of High Efficiency Modules
Monday June 24, 2019
High efficiency modules have been in high demand in the recent times. The main goal of solar projects has always been to produce the most amount of energy possible in as little space as possible. This has become even more important in recent years, which has helped to drive mono module demands. The high efficiency
Weekly News Update: “Feds Announce Tariff Exemption for Bifacial Solar Panels”, Solar Industry
Friday June 21, 2019
Betsy Lillian reports for Solar Industry that the US Trade Representative (USTR) has announced a major update in the Section 201 trade ruling, namely that bifacial solar modules will be exempt from the tariff. The notice was published by Jeffrey Gerrish on the 12th of June, and states that (1) bifacial panels, (2) flexible fibre
Top PV Markets: Q1’19 Market Reports
Monday June 10, 2019
Q1’19 reports have been released, announcing the top installers in 2018 and giving forecasts for 2019 and beyond. China installed the most solar by a huge amount in 2018, but did not reach their massive ~53GW installed in 2017, and actually saw the market contracting somewhat. The US, while taking second place in terms of
Weekly News Update: “Solar Cell Defect Mystery Solved After Decades of Effort”, The University of Manchester
Friday June 7, 2019
An article posted on the University of Manchester’s website reports that a team of scientists at the University have solved the initial degradation of solar cell efficiency. Prof Tony Peaker explains that “during the first hours of operation, after installation, a solar panel’s efficiency drops [around 2%]”, a phenomenon known as LID (light induced degradation).