Natcore Technology has settled upon the Eastman Business Park, and more specifically the Kodak Research Laboratories, in Rochester, New York as the site for its Natcore Research and Development Center. At the moment, the company conducts its research at three separate locations: Ohio State University, Rice University and at its JV in China.
Its new location in New York will combine the three sites and should allow for the company to expand upon its development of thin-film solar cells and tandem solar cells using its own liquid phase deposition (LPD) technology. Natcore notes that regardless of the new facility, it will continue its funded research program with the Barron Group at Rice.
“We chose Rochester for several reasons,” said Natcore President and CEO Chuck Provini. “It will give us access to Kodak's considerable prowess in thin-film technology and much of the infrastructure we will require. In addition, we can tap expertise at Rochester's distinguished universities…”
A staff of eight people will initially run the R&D center, but Dr. Dennis Flood, Natcore’s CTO, will begin interviews for chemists, chemical and electrical engineers, materials scientists and technicians to round out the necessary personnel.
The Kodak Research facility will have two equipped labs, a clean room and administrative offices. Furthermore, it will contain Natcore’s first production model of its intelligent LPD processing station for growing an antireflective coating on silicon wafers in the process of manufacturing solar cells.
The company is funding its new R&D center with profits from a December 2010 private placement.