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SILICONES FOR SOLAR   SILICONE FORMS    
WHY SILICONES SHINE

Because they can withstand the sun’s unrelenting rays year after year, silicones are ideal for solar panel and photovoltaic (PV) applications. While solar cells themselves are made of silicon, silicones are used during module assembly and installation as encapsulants, coatings, potting agents, adhesives and sealants.

The silicone advantage:
Silicones are renowned for their UV stability and moisture resistance
Silicones are durable and solar radiation resistant
Silicones have excellent electrical insulating properties – excellent dielectric strength and    high volume resistivity
Silicones have low ionic impurities, low moisture absorption and a low dielectric constant
Silicone encapsulants perform over a wide operating temperature range – from -40 to
   150°C (-40 to 302°F)
Silicones are optically transparent over a wide spectrum
Silicones offer excellent adhesion to glass and photovoltaic cell substrates
Optical, mechanical and thermal properties can be varied to meet the requirements of    specific photovoltaic applications

PLANTING THE SEEDS OF THE FUTUREPLANTING THE SEEDS OF THE FUTURE
Dow Corning’s Solar Energy Exploration and Development (SEED) research center in Belgium is dedicated to the development and discovery of new silicon-based materials. For solar PV, our research focuses on improving the performance, durability and efficiency of renewable energy technologies – as well as reducing their levelized cost of energy (LCoE).
 
HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE SUN
HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE SUN

Learn more about how the fundamental properties of silicon and silicone can reduce cost of ownership for the end solar user. Plus, watch our video to find out how we’re helping to bring solar energy to everyone, everywhere.
SOLAR ENERGY 101
SOLAR ENERGY 101

Enough energy comes from the sun in one hour to power the entire global population for a year. Get back to basics and discover how solar cells convert this sunlight into truly renewable energy.


SILICONES FOR SOLAR PV SYSTEMS
SILICONES FOR SOLAR PV SYSTEMS

Explore our range of silicone materials designed to improve the cost-efficiency, durability and performance of solar power modules and photovoltaic devices.


SOLAR SOLUTIONS APPLICATION CENTERS
SOLAR SOLUTIONS APPLICATION CENTERS

Dow Corning has established state-of-the-art PV module and solar cell application centers around the world to enable customer collaboration and fast on-site testing of new applications.
BUILDING INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLUTIONS
BUILDING INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLUTIONS

Completed in 2009, the Kaohsiung World Games Main Stadium was the first four-sided structurally glazed BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) roofing project that Dow Corning contributed to.
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PURE AND SIMPLE
PURE AND SIMPLE

The majority of the world’s solar cells are crystalline based – starting life from the raw material polycrystalline silicon. Learn about Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor’s commitment to delivering a product that’s up to 99.999999999% pure.
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RELEVANT RESOURCES
Silicones: ideal material solutions for the photovoltaic industry (PDF 178KB)
Learn why silicones and solar go hand in hand.
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Solar Energy 102 (PDF 128KB)
How solar power works in residential homes.
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Evergreen Solar case study (PDF 623KB)
Read how a silicone gel made junction boxes smaller and cheaper.
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Encapsulation in large outdoor arrays (PDF 445KB)
See how silicones perform in a real outdoor environment.
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Silicone Solar Bonding from Dow Corning(PDF 906KB)
Fast, Robust, cost-effective installation.
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