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Calgary, Alberta, Canada - January 8, 2013 (CNSX:QSL) - QSolar Limited ("QSolar" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that, having completed the development of a new substrate, for use in its QLiteX solar panel manufacturing process, it has now commenced full scale manufacturing in its Shanghai manufacturing facilities integrating and utilizing the new ultra-light substrate. In conjunction with this development, QSolar has filed a new patent application.
The Corporation has commenced manufacturing of the new substrate and shipped its newer version of QLiteX to customers. This development will assist the Corporation in further controlling its product costs, improve quality control, have fully integrated manufacturing of the full production cycle, and have much greater flexibility in the design and introduction of
QSolar continues to do in-house research and provide ongoing development to constantly improve its suite of products. Conventional solar panel manufacturing, unlike QSolar, uses glass as a substrate and encapsulates the solar cells using EVA and TPT film in capital intense and power hungry laminators. The lamination process and materials has not changed significantly in this sector for many years. QSolar products feature the following advantages to glass lamination manufacturing:
1. QLiteX solar panels are nearly half the weight of conventional solar panels;
2. QLiteX solar panels are non-metalic frameless design which does trap dust, particles and is not susceptible to corrosion and pitting in contrast to conventional solar panels;
3. QLiteX being nearly unbreakable in contrast to conventional solar panels utilizing glass which is susceptible to breakage on minor impact or weight load;
4. The new ultra-light QSolar substrate incorporates air cooling ducts enhancing efficiency in contrast to glass panels;
5. The new QSolar substrate can be of virtually any size and any thickness or color.
With the new QSolar substrate, QSolar will continue to offer embedded solutions that are of lighter weight and greater strength and that, can be colored and custom shaped if required, providing greater flexibility in the module design. In addition, other substrates are being tested and can be potentially embedded utilizing our Spraytech(r) technology.
The Corporation's patent portfolio now consists of fourteen patents and patents pending including previously filed patents which include three for our Spraytek(r) solar module manufacturing process, two patents for our Kruciwatt(r) wafer manufacturing process, one patent for the ESS embedded spraying technology, one patent for the low loss solar panel design, one patent for QLiteX and one patent for a solar powered waste processing plant.
The Corporation intends to continue to enhance its value and conduct ongoing research and development based on available budgeted financial resources with the aim of improving the existing processes and technologies and introducing new products and applications to position QSolar at the forefront of solar technology. QSolar continues to provide products for potential new markets that cannot be addresses with conventional solar panels.
QSolar trades under the symbol QSL on the Canadian National Stock Exchange ("CNSX").
About QSolar Limited
QSolar Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiary, QSolar Ltd., and its wholly-owned subsidiary, QSolar (Shanghai) Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd., develop patented and proprietary solar related processes and technologies, and manufacturing and sell proprietary solar products. The Corporation currently manufactures solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in its new manufacturing facilities in Shanghai, China and in a contracted manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China using its proprietary patent pending Spraytek(r), Kruciwatt(r) and ESS process and its own QLite designs. QSolar products were initially introduced by QSolar in July 2010 and have attracted significant interest, orders and letters of intent from European and U.S. markets generated by its sales office representatives. QSolar Spraytek(r) panels offer several advantages over competing products as they have significantly lower losses in hot climates due to their design, offer superior solar cell encapsulation for better protection, significant weight savings over existing competitors PV modules, longer life and cost less than equivalent solar products, and are now offered in various sizes and colors. In addition, QSolar offers solar panels with positive tolerance which means that the customer will get a guaranteed output which can be up to 5% more than the actual specifications.
Additional information on the operations or financial results of QSolar Limited are included in reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the CNSX website (www.cnsx.ca) and Sedar website (www.sedar.com) under the profile for QSolar.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Andreas Tapakoudes, Chief Executive Officer
Preston J. Maddin, CFO
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