Dow Corning: Solar Power Technology
Imagine a world where energy is produced from clean, renewable and completely natural sources. With traditional energy prices rising and putting a constant strain on our environment, there is a growing public interest in the solar industry as a source of renewable energy. Today's energy needs require multiple solutions, and the exceptional capabilities and possibilities of solar energy will play a significant role in solving these challenges. The utilization of the sun’s power will provide energy for us, with almost no negative impact to the environment, and Dow Corning is poised to lead the way.
As the leading global silicon-based materials provider, Dow Corning recognizes the vast potential of the solar industry and is committed to helping photovoltaic producers grow and succeed by unleashing the power of these materials. Dow Corning’s ultimate goal is to help the solar industry move towards being economically competitive with existing energy sources and become a leading sustainable energy option globally.
Last year alone, Dow Corning and its joint venture, Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation, announced the largest expansion in the history of polycrystalline silicon industry, committing $1 billion dollars over the next four years to expand the polycrystalline silicone capacity. Polycrystalline silicon is the key raw material used in the majority of solar cells.
Additionally, Dow Corning recently opened a Solar Solutions Application Center in the U.S. The 27,000-square foot research facility demonstrates Dow Corning’s commitment to advancing the solar industry by collaborating with solar industry leaders to develop the next generation of solar technologies.
As one of the only companies in the world to provide silicon and silicone-based solutions throughout the entire photovoltaic value chain, Dow Corning will continue to invest in exploring the possibilities of solar energy. For more information about Dow Corning’s Solar Solutions, please visit www.dowcorning.com/solar.
Did you know?
- More energy from sunlight strikes the Earth in one hour than all the energy consumed on the planet in a year. But despite this potential, solar power provided less than 0.1 percent of the world's electricity in 2005.
- Photovoltaic products use semiconductor materials (such as silicon) to convert light from the sun into energy. Although solar radiation varies with conditions in the atmosphere and changes to the earth’s position relative to the sun, almost all regions of the U.S. have the potential to successfully harness its resources.