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 enable 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.
“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, Dow Corning 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."
The Korea facility will be the second Dow Corning Solar Solutions Application Center; the first opened in May 2008 in Freeland, Michigan, USA.
“For us to be able to build stronger relationships, incubate new material solutions and bring them to market fast, we have to be close to our Asian customers” said Martin YS Lee, Asia Business Development Manager, Dow Corning Solar Business. “This center represents our intention to be an active, eager partner with researchers, producers and governments in Asia as we help develop affordable and efficient solar energy.”
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.