Dow Corning says it has commenced research activities at the newly completed Solar Energy Exploration and Development (SEED) Center.
The center, located at the company's European headquarters in Belgium, enables the research and development (R&D) of new silicon-based solutions. One of the primary goals of the SEED is to expand Dow Corning's technical capabilities in solar cell manufacturing in order to facilitate collaboration with industry partners and accelerate product development, the company says.
The SEED comprises two major facilities: the Solar Application Center and the Silicon Technology Center.
The Solar Application Center provides in-house capabilities to complete the full process of PV cell fabrication – from wafers to finished cells – and to measure technical performance, and the Silicon Technology Center houses research activities that aim to develop next-generation silicon-based technologies and applications.