December 15, 2008

Dow Corning in billion dollar solar investments

Thanks to Jeff (of Apco Worldwide) for providing me with this news about Dow Corning investing several billion dollars to construct a new monosilane manufacturing facility in Hemlock, Michigan, and a new site in a new site in Clarksville, Tennessee, to increase manufacturing capacity for polycrystalline silicon.

Dow Corning says the investment will provide critical raw materials to solar cell manufacturers. Crystalline-based solar cells use sliced polysilicon as its main semi-conducting material, while thin-film solar cells are made by depositing a thin film of silicon, enabled by monosilane, onto a sheet of another material such as glass.

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