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Dow Corning kicks-off research activities in new €9m European development center
Dow Corning announced today it has started research activities in the newly
completed state-of-the-art Solar Energy Exploration and Development (SEED)
research center, which focuses on the development and discovery of new
materials and technologies that will help advance renewable energy and energy
Part of a global network of research and development facilities, the SEED
supplements Dow Corning’s existing European science capacities in Belgium, the
UK and Germany. The company’s research aims to develop the innovations that
will help address today’s major societal issues such as helping make renewable
energy a viable and sustainable option, and meeting the challenges of rapid
“Our journey toward the future will be guided by chemists, scientists and
engineers creating new approaches to innovation and developing novel products
that enrich people’s lives and benefit the environment,” said Dr. Gregg Zank,
Dow Corning’s senior vice president and chief technology officer. “The
silicon technologies we develop alongside our customers at this facility, and
throughout our network, will continue to be a driver for growth and sustainable
development not only in Europe, but all over the world.”
The SEED includes a Solar Application Center and a Silicon Technology
Center. The center’s solar cell laboratory is Dow Corning’s first of its kind,
and completes the company’s network of solar research centers based in the
United States and Korea.
“Dow Corning’s European Solar Application Center complements our global
innovation capabilities and enhances our ability to collaborate with customers
and research institutes around Europe,” said Eric Peeters, Dow Corning’s vice
president for Solar Solutions. “Our research continues to focus on
reducing the cost of solar energy to make photovoltaics even more competitive
with traditional energy sources.”
The Solar Application Center enables the company’s engineers and scientists
to work with customers to develop and evaluate materials solutions used to make
The laboratories comprise:
- A pilot line that has a capacity to
produce solar cells from wafers through all production stages.
- A team of highly specialized
scientists, lab technicians and application engineers working on full-size
wafers with equipment that is typically used in full-scale solar cell
- The possibility to make standard solar
cells, but also next-generation cells using innovative techniques and
technologies to anticipate the future needs of the solar industry.
- Two labs specialized in the
development of new silicon-based materials that would be used in the assembly
and installation of solar panels to improve their performance, durability and
efficiency, while reducing overall cost per kilowatt hour.
The Silicon Technology Center houses research activities which aim to
develop next-generation silicon-based technologies and applications, many of
which to be used to improve energy efficiency in construction, automotive,
electronics and LED lighting. For example, Dow Corning is actively exploring
opportunities in the dynamic window market, aiming to increase the energy
efficiency of office buildings, as well as lithium ion-battery technology that
could help increase the autonomy of electric vehicles and silicon-based
materials that would enhance the efficiency of LED luminaires.
A confirmation of Dow Corning’s commitment to innovation in Europe, the SEED
supplements Dow Corning’s existing research network around the world. In
Europe, 200 engineers and technicians are working on silicon-based solutions to
support innovation in a broad range of industries, including construction,
electronics, healthcare and more.
Built with the latest technologies in energy efficiency, the SEED acts as a
showcase of what can be achieved in sustainable innovation using silicon-based
materials in High Performance Building.
For videos, photos and more information, visit the SEED information
About Dow Corning
Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the
diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and
innovation, Dow Corning
offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s
Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® (www.xiameter.com) brands.
Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More
than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.
Dow Corning’s global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® initiative,
a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management
of chemical products and processes.
Dow Corning is also the majority shareholder in the Hemlock
Semiconductor Group (www.hscpoly.com) joint ventures, which includes Hemlock
Semiconductor Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C. Hemlock
Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other
silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and
solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began operations in 1961 and has
announced more than $4 billion of investments since 2005.
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