Silicon Technology Offers Potential Water Delivery Efficiencies

By Chemical Processing Staff

Jun 22, 2011

As countries around the world grapple with water shortages due to fast-growing populations and changing climates, silicon technology may help farmers around the world irrigate their crops more efficiently, reducing the amount of water required, according to Dow Corning.

Dow Corning provides silicone products through its Xiameter brand. Solar-powered pumps and silicone rubber membranes used in drip irrigation systems to control water flow are two such silicon-enabled innovations that can help emerging markets with sufficient water.

 Photovoltaic solar panels rely on polycrystalline silicon to covert the sun’s energy into electricity and can power devices such as water pumps that can be moved from one location to another without having to be connected to a municipal power grid, which is especially critical to farmers in remote villages, Dow Corning says.

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