Dow Corning starts activities at SEED R&D facility in Belgium

18 June 2012 13:56  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Corning has started activities in its newly completed Solar Energy Exploration and Development (SEED) research centre in Seneffe, Belgium, the US silicone products supplier said on Monday.

The centre, completed in January this year, focuses on the development and discovery of new materials and technologies that are hoped will help advance renewable energy and energy efficiency, the company said.

The facilities, which cost €9m ($11m) to build, include a solar application centre and a silicon technology centre, which were built with the aim of advancing the group’s research in new silicon-based materials and solar cell efficiency, it added.

Dow Corning said the SEED research centre supplements its existing European science capacities in Belgium, the UK and Germany.

“The silicon technologies we develop alongside our customers at this facility, and throughout our network, will continue to be a driver for growth and sustainable development not only in Europe, but all over the world,” said Gregg Zank, Dow Corning’s senior vice president and chief technology officer.

“Dow Corning’s European Solar Application Centre complements our global innovation capabilities and enhances our ability to collaborate with customers and research institutes around Europe,” said Eric Peeters, Dow Corning’s vice president for Solar Solutions.

“Our research continues to focus on reducing the cost of solar energy to make photovoltaics even more competitive with traditional energy sources,” he added.

($1 = €0.79)

By: Franco Capaldo
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