Dow Corning says it has begun research activities at its newly completed Solar Energy Exploration and Development (SEED) Center. The SEED Center, located at the company's European headquarters in Belgium, is designed to enable the research and development of new silicon-based solutions for the solar sector.
One of the primary goals of the SEED Center is to expand Dow Corning's technical capabilities in solar cell manufacturing in order to facilitate collaboration with industry partners and accelerate product development.Â
The SEED Center comprises a Solar Application Center (SAC) and a Synthesis Technology Center (STC). The SAC provides in-house capabilities to complete the full process of photovoltaic cell fabrication and measure technical performance. The SAC is intended to enhance Dow Corning's research and development competencies along the PV value chain and completes the company's network of solar research centers based in Europe, the U.S. and Korea.