Both Dow Corning and UT want homes and businesses throughout the world to take advantage of clean, renewable energy from the sun, said Gregg Zank, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Dow Corning. It is essential that businesses, academics and the government collaborate in order to accelerate the advancement of solar technologies.
"UT’s capabilities for industrial collaboration have been greatly strengthened over the last three years through the founding of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization – PVIC in 2007, added Professor Robert Collins, the Center’s Principal Investigator, a Distinguished University Professor and the NEG Endowed Chair in Silicate and Materials.
"PVIC affiliated faculty are committed to a collaboration with Dow Corning in which UT’s expertise in photovoltaic thin film and nanomaterials research and solar cell development complements Dow Corning’s global leadership in materials for PV manufacturing and installation. PVIC faculty are also deeply committed to our shared goals of lowering the cost and increasing the performance of the next generations of photovoltaics products."
The proposed collaboration between Dow Corning and UT, which could include the addition of other universities or businesses in the future, offers researchers from both organizations the opportunity to share data and technology while allowing both to protect their intellectual property.
The UT has a long history of scientific research and industrial collaboration in thin film photovoltaics. Faculty members from various departments at UT have been actively involved in research and development of PV materials, devices, and manufacturing for more than 25 years.