Dow Corning Selects Korea for Solar Solutions Application Center

Dow Corning Corp. has selected JinCheon, Korea as the site for further expansion of its solar business with the development of a second Solar Solutions Application Center. The facility will be a home for engineers and scientists to work with customers to develop, evaluate and pilot materials solutions used to manufacture solar panels.

It will include material development and characterization laboratories, an industrial-scale pilot line for photovoltaic module assembly, and environmental aging and testing capabilities. The Korea facility will be the second Dow Corning Solar Solutions Application Center. The first opened in May 2008 in Freeland, Michigan. The laboratory of the Solar Solutions Application Center Korea is scheduled to open in late 2009 and pilot production equipment could come online by early 2010.

“Dow Corning is committed to collaborating with customers to help the solar industry move towards being economically competitive with conventional energy sources, and become a sustainable energy option globally,” said Eric Peeters, global executive director of Dow Corning’s Solar Business. “With almost 60 percent of solar module producers based in Asia, this center will play an important role in the global solar industry growth as well as manufacturing growth in Asia.” caught up with Gaetan Borgers, director of Dow Corning Solar Solutions at Intersolar North America in San Francisco, California. Play the video below to hear about the company’s involvment in the solar industry.

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