Dow Corning has completed its new European Solar Energy Exploration and Development research centre (SEED), the company has announced. SEED is part of a network of Dow Corning research facilities with two other centres located in the USA and Korea. The company has further research and development facilities in Germany, Belgium and the UK. The European research centre includes the Solar Application Center and the Silicon Technology Center as well as a solar cell laboratory. Its aim is the development of new technologies and solar cells to increase energy efficiency and the evaluation of materials. The cost for the construction of the facility is estimated at €9 million.
“Dow Corning’s European Solar Application Center complements our global innovation capabilities and enhances our ability to collaborate with customers and research institutes around Europe,” Eric Peeters, Dow Corning’s vice president for solar solutions, explained. “Our research continues to focus on reducing the cost of solar energy to make photovoltaics even more competitive with traditional energy sources.”