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Solar Team Great Britain gets significant financial backing from The QUARTZ Corp, supplier of world’s purest quartz sand for solar cells

The QUARTZ Corp becomes a lead sponsor in team’s bid to win 3,022km Bridgestone World Solar Challenge race across Australia

Solar Team Great Britain, which is developing a solar race car and aims to be the first British team to win the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge race across Australia, has announced The QUARTZ Corp as a key sponsor.

The QUARTZ Corp is a major supplier of high-purity quartz sand from sites in the USA and Norway. Its mines are among the world’s most-pure quartz deposits, making it ideal for use in high-efficiency solar cells.

An early STGB solar car prototype undergoing computational fluid dynamic modelling
Team principal, Steven Heape, said:

“This is a highly strategic partnership and the significant funding, as well as the additional vast expertise that we’ll have available to us, takes us closer to reaching our goal of being the race’s most prepared new team, and helping us onto the podium in October.”

John Walker, The QUARTZ Corp’s CEO said:

“We were impressed by the team’s preparations to date, bringing together experts from many of the UK’s automotive, engineering and aerospace firms to develop what looks like an exceptionally competitive car. We’re delighted to be aligning The QUARTZ Corp with the team in 2017 and potentially future races too.”

The QUARTZ Corp's mining facility in Norway, which has among the world's most-pure deposits of solar-grade quartz.
The QUARTZ Corp’s mining facility in Norway, which has among the world’s most-pure deposits of solar-grade quartz.

The news precedes a planned crowdfunding project aimed to bring more public ownership to the project. This is scheduled to run from the 19th January and will include options from team merchandise to an experience of a lifetime, following the team across Australia and time in the support vehicles to get up close to the prestigious race on its 30th anniversary.

Following a round of development on the CFMS supercomputer cluster, which was also used to develop the land-speed-record car Bloodhound, the team will also announce its new design later this month.

To find out about the range of sponsorship opportunities visit our sponsorship page.

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