MIDLAND — Dow Corning Corp. said Monday that its encapsulants will be used in a 15-kilowatt pilot project to install rooftop solar photovoltaic panels at Seowon University in Chungju, South Korea. LG Electronics will provide the solar modules.
Officials said that later, a larger array generating up to 1 megawatt of power may be installed for potential commercial usage.
In addition to providing in-field demonstration of Dow Corning’s PV encapsulants, the PV system will provide side-by-side performance monitoring of the silicone and ethylene vinyl acetate module encapsulants.
Said Dow Corning vice president Eric Peeters: “We anticipate these PV systems made with Dow Corning silicone encapsulants will produce the same improved performance and reduced panel degradation that we’ve demonstrated in lab tests.”
Dow Corning provides more than 7,000 products and services to more than 25,000 customers worldwide. It is a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation. Dow Corning is equally owned by Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. and New York-based Corning Inc.