A new R&D facility is to be built by Dow Corning in Belgium at a cost of US$13 million and will be tasked with developing silicon-based materials and technologies for the solar industry. The Solar Energy Exploration / Development Center (SEED,) includes two new buildings that will complement the company’s Business & Technology Center in Seneffe, Belgium. Construction is expected to start later in 2010.
A Synthesis Technology Center for the European region, will house laboratories and chemists focusing on silicon-based materials, while the European Solar Solutions Application Center, will focus on advancing the company’s technology for use in photovoltaic cells, the company said.
“This investment increases Dow Corning’s innovation capabilities in Belgium, allowing us to expand our European research and innovation portfolio and continue to add to our scientific and technical expertise,” commented Gregg Zank, Dow Corning Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “The new facility will open new possibilities for materials development and take our application research to the next level, enabling closer collaboration to better meet the needs of our customers.”