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Solar: Is it About Cost or Scale?

It’s about both evolving together. For the first time in history a manufactured good — a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel — can supply energy. Traditionally, we have consumed resources to make power. Burning wood, coal, oil or natural gas has been the norm.
Winners All Around

Winners All Around

I can’t resist one last update on the Solar Decathlon. Last week Team California took third place in the Solar Decathlon, a huge win, considering their size vs. some of the other schools. The Santa Clara University students should be proud of their results, especially in architecture, where they had set a specific goal to improve.
Solar SunFlowers Bloom in Austin

Solar SunFlowers Bloom in Austin

One of the best things about living in Austin, Texas is the sustainable, forward-thinking the city incorporates into new developments like the Mueller redevelopment project. The project is an urban, mixed-used project that includes homes, office and retail space and the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Sharing the (Solar) Light

Sharing the (Solar) Light

Electricity is a luxury in rural Bangladesh. More than 80% of the country’s rural population is off the grid, and light — from hazardous kerosene lanterns — is a precious and expensive resource. During the rainy season — which seems to get longer each year — local farmers struggle to keep farms intact as melting glaciers in the Himalayas and unusually heavy rains cause rivers to flood and sea levels to rise to unprecedented levels. In such conditions, day-to-day activities become a struggle.
The Ideal Urban Bus

The Ideal Urban Bus

Recent breakthroughs in battery and drive technology allow electricity to be the perfect power source for urban transit. The electric bus can work the way buses have always worked, only better.
European Parliament Reps Exchange Viewpoints

European Parliament Reps Exchange Viewpoints

It’s been busy at Applied Materials from a Government Affairs perspective. Not only did we host a delegation from the Italian government, we also hosted a delegation of six members of the European Parliament. The delegation was led by The Hon Dr. Werner Langen and consisted primarily of members of the German CDU/CSU party.
Clean Energy Focus Highly Visible

Clean Energy Focus Highly Visible

As anyone who travels for business knows sometimes in the hazy morning when you just can’t sleep, there are plenty of moments for reflection – and watching local TV. Over the past three years I’ve traveled to China more times that I can count, always driving the message for renewables adoption. Most recognize China as the country that adds a gigawatt of new coal capacity each week. But China has come a long way in understanding and acting upon the importance of clean energy.