Apr 15, 2021

Q-Net Security to manufacture next-gen hardsec devices

Georgia Wilson
2 min
Q-Net Security partners with Custom Technologies to manufacture and distribute next generation ‘hardsec’ cryptography devices

Following an announcement made by Q-Net Security, the innovative cybersecurity company has entered into a partnership with Custom Technologies . As part of the partnership the two plan to manufacture and distribute next generation ‘hardsec’ (hardware security) cryptography devices.

What will Q-Net Security’s network devices provide its users?

Quantum-compute resistant (QNS) network devices - or Q-Boxes - secures network data against sophisticated cyberattacks, providing protection “on a level previously unattainable even by nation-state encryption.”

Details of the partnership

With Custom Technologies being an expert in business logistics and physical manufacturing, the machining, testing and assembly work of the Q-Boxes will be conducted at its manufacturing facility in Brentwood, Missouri. Q-Net Security will focus on the product’s design at their St. Louis County facility.

In addition to providing its facility for the testing, Custom Technologies offers Q-Net Security its signature Minimum Viable Launch approach which includes the designing, engineering, prototyping, producing, operationalising, and launching of products.

Partnering with Custom Technologies at the producing stage, Q-Net Security is also benefiting from the company’s sophisticated lot and serial tracking to ensure every Q-Box is secure and all components are tracked through the entire production process.

"At Custom Technologies, we're really excited about this opportunity to support something critically important on the global stage. Cybersecurity is a key issue facing the world and we're proud to manufacture the Q-Box using our facility right here in Missouri, supporting domestic supply lines of critical technology,” commented Ellen Mell, CEO of Custom Technologies.

“We’re excited to source an increased volume of Q-Boxes from Custom Technologies. Our goal at QNS has been to get this technology in the hands of the industries that need it, like critical infrastructure. It’s a great step forward to be able to secure local suppliers for our technology and we anticipate increased distribution, along with faster adoption because of it,” added Dr. Ron Indeck, CEO of QNS.

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Jul 30, 2021

First Solar to Invest US$684mn in Indian Energy Sector

Elise Leise
3 min
First Solar will launch an advanced PV manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu to support Indian solar independence

First Solar is about to set up a new photovoltaic (PV) thin-film solar manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, India. The 3.3GW factory will create 1,000 skilled jobs and is expected to launch its operations in Q3 of 2023. According to the company, India needs 25+ gigawatts of solar energy to be deployed each year for the next nine years. This means that many of First Solar’s Indian clients will jump at the chance to have access to the company’s advanced PV. 


Said Mark Widmar, First Solar’s CEO: ‘India is an attractive market for First Solar not simply because our module technology is advantageous in its hot, humid climate. It’s an inherently sustainable market, underpinned by a growing economy and appetite for energy’. 

A Bit of Background 

First Solar is a leading global provider of photovoltaic systems. It uses advanced technology to generate clear, reliable energy around the world. And even though it’s headquartered in the US, the company has invested in storage facilities around the world. It displaced energy requirements for a desalination plant in Australia, launched a source of reliable energy in the Middle East (Dubai, UAE), and deployed over 4.5GW of energy across Europe with its First Solar modules


The company is also known for its solar innovation, reporting that it sees gains in efficiency three times faster than multi-crystalline silicon technology. First Solar holds world records in thin-film cell conversion efficiency (22.1%) and module conversion efficiency (18.2%). Finally, it helps its partners develop, finance, design, construct, and operate PV power plants—which is exactly what we’re talking about. 

How Will The Tamil Nadu Plant Work?

Tamil Nadu will use the same manufacturing template as First Solar’s new Ohio factory. According to the Times of India, the factory will combine skilled workers, artificial intelligence, machine-to-machine communication, and IoT connectivity. In addition, its operations will adhere to First Solar’s Responsible Sourcing Solar Principles, produce modules with a 2.5x lower carbon footprint, and help India become energy-independent. Said Widmar: ‘Our advanced PV module will be made in India, for India’. 


After all, we must mention that part of First Solar’s motivation in Tamil Nadu is to ensure that India doesn’t rely on Chinese solar. ‘India stands apart in the decisiveness of its response to China’s strategy of state-subsidised global dominance of the crystalline silicon supply chain’, Widmar explained. ‘That’s precisely the kind of level playing field needed for non-Chinese solar manufacturers to compete on their own merits’. 


According to First Solar, India’s model should be a template for like-minded nations. Widmar added: ‘We’re pleased to support the sustainable energy ambitions of a major US ally in the Asia-Pacific region—with American-designed solar technology’. To sum up: Indian solar power is yet the next development in the China-US trade war. Let the PV manufacturing begin. 


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