Company, University Team Up On Solar Research 7-20-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Company, University Team Up On Solar Research 7-20-2010

Midland-based Dow Corning Corp. and the University of Toledo are teaming up to share research on solar energy.
In a news release Tuesday, they said the goal of the partnership is to lower the cost and increase performance of the next generation of renewable solar cells.
“Both Dow Corning and UT want homes and businesses throughout the world to take advantage of clean, renewable energy from the sun,” said 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.”
The collaboration could eventually include other universities and businesses.
Faculty members from various departments at UT have been actively involved in research and development of photovoltaic 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.
In the past five years, Dow Corning and its joint ventures, 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.
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