Dow Corning, University of Toledo join forces in solar R&D effort

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Researchers at Dow Corning and The University of Toledo (UT) have signed an MOU to engage in collaborative discussions on photovoltaic solar research and development efforts to help bring down the cost of solar energy. “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.”

“UT’s capabilities for industrial collaboration have been greatly strengthened over the last three years through the founding of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization – PVIC in 2007,” said Prof. Robert Collins, the Centre’s principal investigator.

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“PVIC affiliated faculty are committed to a collaboration with Dow Corning in which UT’s expertise in photovoltaic thin-film and nanomaterials research and solar cell development complements Dow Corning’s global leadership in materials for PV manufacturing and installation. PVIC faculty is also deeply committed to our shared goals of lowering the cost and increasing the performance of the next generations of photovoltaics products,” continued Collins.

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