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Dow Chemical, Solar Power for the Masses

Dow Chemical, Solar Power for the Masses

Dow Chemical has done a 180 on its hesitance to invest in solar panel research and development. Where a few years ago the Chief Executive stated that they had no intention of entering the solar power industry, now they are investing in solar cells.

The new concept that has intrigued Dow is the use of thin-film solar cells as roofing shingles. Dow sees the thin-film solar panels, which are called Powerhouse and look like ordinary shingles, as something that will be accepted by the mass market.

Dow Chemical’s Chief Technology Officier, William Banholzer, is so confident in the future of Powerhouse solar panels that he expects the market for this sort of technology to be $5 billion by 2015 and stated that “someday Dow would be a solar company that happens to make chemicals.”

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  1. Mamun

    April 21, 2010 at 4:33 am

    Dear All,

    We are the solar pv power consultant and integrator. We did first time solar billboard lighting in Bangladesh. We are developing solar pump, fridge, air cooler etc.

    We are looking for those types of panel. Please help us to find low price good efficiency products.


  2. djf

    September 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    The use of Dows powerhouse shingles is going to have strong growth over the next 10 or so years as the housing market begins to recover and energy prices rise. The most cost-effective application of solar shingles is during the homebuilding stage where the cost of roofing is already sunk in the construction process. I look forward to see these in some of the new neighborhoods around my panel prices

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