Students See Solar Cell Surprises
|Students from "Children Uniting Nations" attend a briefing at Kanagawa Science Park Lab in Japan.|
Children Uniting Nations, a group of more than 40 students from high schools and universities, recently visited DuPont Kanagawa Science Park (KSP) in Japan to learn about DuPont’s innovative photovoltaic (PV) technologies as part of their seminar on relationships between the environment, the economy and society.
After learning about PV history, why there is growing demand for alternative energy and the energy challenges the world is now facing, the young visitors toured the lab where they had an opportunity to see the metallization process of PV cells.
“I am delighted to see students being so interested and fascinated by our state-of-the-art technologies and that makes me proud of my work," said Aya Satomi, engineer, DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM), part of DuPont’s Electronics & Communications business.
Following the tour, the students experienced a hands-on PV assembling activity. They were genuinely excited when a light came on with energy generated by PV cells set by the windows.
“It is great to have the opportunity to show our breakthrough science and how it is applied to make everyday life better," said Shigendo Enomoto, staff technical specialist, who was the lead organizer of this educational program. "We would like to support this type of program more often in the future.”
MCM established a new R&D laboratory at KSP in 2004 and has been continuously expanding its occupation since then. MCM is the leading supplier of thick film products to the PV electrode industry for crystalline silicon and plasma display panels. The laboratory focuses on thick film products development for customer needs.