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Our Solar Future

Providing innovative solutions for solar industry needs for the future.

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The future needs of the solar energy industry

By tuning into the needs of the global solar industry, we are helping you change how future generations will power their homes, businesses, hospitals, factories and more. You can depend on Dow Corning to help meet the silicon-based material needs of the global solar industry:
•Increased raw material supply – New production capacity from Dow Corning is helping meet the need for a reliable supply of solar-grade polycrystalline silicon.
•Investment in monosilane – Construction of a new monosilane manufacturing facility in Hemlock, Michigan (adjacent to Hemlock Semiconductor Group’s polysilicon manufacturing site) will provide monosilane for thin-film solar technology and expand feedstock offerings.
•Material solution options – High-throughput encapsulant construction solutions increase module durability and efficiency while lowering total cost of ownership.
•High-efficiency manufacturing – Customer collaboration has resulted in development of a process to significantly increase solar panel production rates and improve watt efficiency, module life and UV resistance.
A real world example: Solar energy helps power a village
Read how Dow Corning is helping use solar energy to power lights, fans and a computer for a school in a village in India.

Industry leaders speak out

• Unleashing the Power of Silicon presentation (PDF), by Eric Peeters, global vice president, Dow Corning Solar Business.
• Addressing the challenge of cost per kilowatt-hour over the lifetime of a solar panel, Eric Peeters, global vice president, Dow Corning Solar Business.
• Innovation for the Solar Industry from Dow Corning Solar Application Centers, Eric Peeters, global vice president, Dow Corning Solar Business.
Visit the websites of these leading global solar industry organizations to learn more about the issues facing our industry:
• European Photovoltaic Industry Association
• Solar Energy Industries Association
• Solar Electric Power Association
• Japan Photovoltaics Energy Association (Japanese language only)
• International Energy Agency – Photovoltaic Power Systems
• National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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View examples of how you and the solar industry are unleashing the power of solar energy.

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