Dow Corning and the University of Toledo (UT) have signed a memorandum of understanding to engage in collaborative discussions on PV solar research and development efforts to help reduce the cost of solar energy to make it a viable and economically competitive energy option globally.
The proposed collaboration between Dow Corning and UT, which could include the addition of other universities or businesses in the future, offers researchers from both organizations the opportunity to share data and technology while allowing both to protect their intellectual property.
‘Both Dow Corning and UT want homes and businesses throughout the world to take advantage of clean, renewable energy from the sun,’ says Gregg Zank, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Dow Corning. ‘It is essential that businesses, academics and the government collaborate in order to accelerate the advancement of solar technologies.’
Faculty members from various departments at UT have been actively involved in research and development of PV materials, devices and manufacturing for more than 25 years. Dow Corning's silicon-based materials are used in solar cell manufacturing, solar module assembly and installation.
SOURCE: Dow Corning