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Dow Corning Sponsoring U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011
Midland, Mich.: To spur growth of the solar industry and support
education, Dow Corning has announced that it is a sustaining sponsor of
the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, which will be held Sept. 23
- Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C.
The sponsorship includes overseeing the creation of educational resources
that will help strengthen middle school students' understanding of solar energy
and sustainability and the importance of science, technology, engineering, and
math (STEM). The materials include:
A school curriculum for teachers, designed to introduce students in grades
5-8 to the principles and potential of renewable energy technologies by
showcasing the cutting-edge applications of solar power and energy efficiency
solutions at the Solar Decathlon;
A Student Welcome & Education Center on the Decathlon grounds where
students, teachers and parents can access educational materials about solar
energy and engage in a series of interactive, hands-on and video-based
educational opportunities; and
A student-oriented Solar Decathlon program to be made available to students
visiting the Solar Village in-person and virtually via the Solar Decathlon
“Education, research and development, and manufacturing are part of a cycle
that allows the United States to compete in a fast-paced global market,"
said Dow Corning President and CEO Robert D. Hansen. “Our
participation in this year’s Solar Decathlon will help fulfill our promise to
be an active, involved collaborator with students, researchers, manufacturers,
and governments as we prepare the next generation to address the complex
problems in our world.”
Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams
to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective,
energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team
that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with
optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
“There has never been a more important time to further develop viable,
renewable, clean, domestically generated energy sources, and there is no better
way to achieve that goal than by challenging great minds from universities all
over the world,” said Hansen. “The students’ hard work is a testament to the
endless possibilities attainable through math and science education. We hope
these efforts will help fuel the next generation of scientific discovery.”
The Solar Decathlon was previously held in 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2009. Dow
Corning sponsored an electronic scoreboard that provided daily results to event
spectators at the National Mall in 2009.
“The Solar Decathlon depends on the valuable support of our many sponsors,”
said Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. “Our
sponsors play an integral role in ensuring that the Solar Decathlon provides a
rich learning experience for the student decathletes and that we effectively
educate the public about the money-saving opportunities and environmental
benefits presented by clean energy products and design solutions.”
A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow
Corning is applying more than 65 years of experience to bring innovation and
efficiencies to the silicon-based materials that are ideal for solar
applications, including silicon-based materials for next-generation solar
cells, protective coatings for solar cells, high-performance silicone
encapsulants, adhesives, and sealants. Dow Corning is also the majority
shareholder in the Hemlock Semiconductor Group joint venture, a leading
provider of polycrystalline silicon.
In the past six years, Dow Corning and the Hemlock Semiconductor Group
have announced investments of more than $5 billion to research and develop as
well as to expand production of materials critical to the solar industry.
For more information, visit dowcorning.com/solardecathlon.
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On Friday, Sept. 23, Dow Corning will be hosting a TwEATup – a
discussion held simultaneously at the event and online via Twitter. The
conversation will take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., with a Dow Corning
representative moderating discussions about solar energy and sustainable
building. Join the dialogue and ask a question in advance on Twitter: #DCtwEATup.
About Dow Corning
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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® 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.
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a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management
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