Ceramic Industry

Dow Corning, Crystal Solar to Collaborate on Supplying Silicon-Based Materials for Solar Applications

January 25, 2013

Dow Corning and Crystal Solar recently announced their intention to develop a business relationship for the successful supply of high-performance, silicon-based materials for photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules. The two companies also intend to assess options for developing high-performance building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions for building and construction, focusing on both commercial and residential applications.

Dow Corning can reportedly provide access to high-quality trichlorosilane, specialized silicon-based materials, and supply chain consultancy to support a breakthrough manufacturing approach developed by Crystal Solar to produce monocrystalline ultra-thin silicon epi-wafers. Crystal Solar’s Epitaxial technology reportedly allows for high-efficiency solar panels at lower costs with advanced functionality to competing approaches.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with Crystal Solar on this new opportunity,” said Dan Futter, vice president of Solar Solutions for Dow Corning. “Beyond expanding its key supplier position for feedstock and silicon-based materials for solar PV, Dow Corning partners with leaders in the solar and renewable energy industries, such as Crystal Solar. At Dow Corning, we believe that innovative materials are key to addressing the industry’s challenge to drive down costs, enhance system performance, and help make solar more competitive with traditional energy sources. The excellent quality and reputation of our high-performance building business is a natural fit to enable leading-edge innovation with reduced risk in the BIPV space.”

“We are very pleased to be working with Dow Corning on a broad-based framework to make high-efficiency solar panels at costs below $0.50/W in production,” said T.S. Ravi, CEO of Crystal Solar. “Dow Corning’s reputation for quality and their ability to scale globally will help Crystal Solar expand their manufacturing footprint significantly.”

For additional information, visit www.dowcorning.com or www.xtalsolar.com.