Dow Corning invests in silicon development centre

Silicon company Dow Corning has announced that it will invest up to $13m (£9m) in a Solar Energy Exploration/Development Center (SEED) to expand its European development of silicon-based materials and technologies.

The two new buildings, which will complement the company’s Business and Technology Center in Seneffe, Belgium, include a Synthesis Technology Center for the European area, which will house laboratories and chemists focusing on innovations in silicon-based materials, and a European Solar Solutions Application Center, which will focus on advancing the company’s technology for use in photovoltaic cells.

Construction is expected to begin later in 2010.

Staffed by scientists and engineers, the Synthesis Technology Center will be designed to support the exploration of new materials and the development of solutions in industries such as construction, plastics and composites, healthcare and electronics.