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Egypt to begin project to convert sand into solar panels

Egypt signed with a Chinese company a cooperation protocol to locally manufacture sand-to-cell photovoltaic solar panels, in the first such project in the region.
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY EMMY VARLEY Egyptian Hanna Fathy, an advocate of a biogas project in Egypt, inspects a solar panel installation on his rooftop in Cairo on November 20, 2009. In an attempt to help curb the city's stifling pollution and meet their energy needs too, a few Cairo families have begun to recycle waste -- now that the nation's pigs are gone -- by generating biogas from rubbish. AFP PHOTO/CRIS BOURONCLE (Photo credit should read CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Egypt-based Enara group for renewable energy services signed on Dec. 28, 2020, a cooperation protocol with the Chinese Chint energy company to establish a project aimed at locally manufacturing solar panels from silica-rich sand — a first in Egypt.

Mohammad Adel, project development manager at Enara, told Al-Monitor over the phone that cooperation with the Chinese company will mark a quantum leap in the field of solar energy in Egypt, considering that the company has great experience in this field and has already installed three solar energy stations in the Benban solar power complex in Aswan governorate.

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