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A process that turns sand into fully operational solar panels in an on-site mini-factory

September 2022
Gallery TerraBox 1
Gallery TerraBox 1


For developers of large-scale solar parks and industrial operators at remote locations, who are dissatisfied with the issues with current solar panels (no flexibility on prices, expensive logistics and non-environmental friendly production), Maana Electric transforms sand (from deserts or recycled from other materials) into fully operational solar panels in an on-site mini-factory which fits into shipping containers. That provides cheap, clean and locally produced solar production unlike any other solution on the market today. First, we purify the sand with several proprietary technologies. Then, with the purified quartz (up to 95%), we extract the silicon and purify it to solar-grade form (99.99999%). This silicon is then transformed into wafers and solar cells. The bulk of purified sand is used to produce 2 panes of glass. Finally, we assemble the solar modules which are bi-facial frameless ones.

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Label Date September 27, 2022
From Luxembourg
Maturity stage Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • Min 10MW of solar panels produced each year with one TerraBox
  • 200 panels produced each day
  • CO2 reduction 100,000 tons/year for a production of about 70,000 solar panels
  • Waste reduction 1,000 tons/year for a production of about 70,000 solar panels
  • Water consumption reduction 100,000 m3/year for a production of about 70,000 solar panels

The Financial benefits

  • Less than 3 years payback time
  • 30% cheaper than mainstream alternative
  • 10 millions euro savings on a solar park of 100MW

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Company Profile

Maana Electric

Turning sand into solar panels

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Headquarters 3898 Mondercange, Luxembourg

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