Cutting Customers' Cost of Manufacturing

Cutting Customers' Cost of Manufacturing

Showcasing the latest developments in solar markets, Solar Power International 2009 is a perfect place for our Next-Generation SunFab module technology to be launched. Leveraging economies of scale, Applied has been able to work with leading suppliers to introduce key process efficiencies that reduce the cost of SunFab panels by 22%. In addition to the cost savings, these SunFab panels have received IEC certification.
Bright Week for Solar Energy around the World

Bright Week for Solar Energy around the World

This has been a very bright week indeed for solar. Not only did I witness the opening of Applied Materials’ Solar Technology Center—the world’s largest non-governmental solar energy research facility in Xi’an, China—but I was heartened to learn that halfway around the world, in the United States, solar energy was given quite the spotlight as well.
Lighting Up Rural China Homes

Lighting Up Rural China Homes

At a meeting with the Shaanxi Provincial government yesterday, Applied Materials announced plans to donate funds to purchase 150 solar roof top power generation systems (a donation equivalent to RMB1.2 million). The donation will help 150 families in a remote rural area in Shaanxi province – which due to its location has never been connected to the national power grid – have access to electricity for the first time.
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World’s Most Advanced Solar R&D Center

Today in Xi’an, China Applied Materials opened its Solar Technology Center to a crowd of customers, local dignitaries and executives. We are proud to offer this new capability to our customers who will be able to visit the facility and see demonstrations as well as work on our latest equipment for thin film and crystalline silicon.The ability for customers to come here and work on the equipment before they install it in their own factories is a unique time-to-market advantage that we think will help them rapidly implement our technology in their fabs around the world.
Bold Action Required

Bold Action Required

Today, we are once again at a critical inflection point in the development of this nation’s energy industry that requires bold leadership and federal action. We have an economic crisis coupled with a looming energy crisis — and we have the technological ability to help solve both. The country has shown this kind of bold leadership before and can do it again. Seventy-three years ago today, the generators at the Hoover Dam's power plant located near Las Vegas, Nevada began transmitting electricity from the Colorado River to Los Angeles — 266 miles away.
Using Experts and the Internet: A Fast, Green Way to Service Equipment

Using Experts and the Internet: A Fast, Green Way to Service Equipment

 When something goes wrong with a process system, manufacturers need immediate help. Thanks to the internet, there’s often no need to get on a plane when you can use a humble web browser to peer inside machinery located thousands of miles away. Using Applied Materials’ remote access capability, the company expects to avoid enough travel to save more than 650,000 pounds of CO2 emissions this year alone.
Sitting in the Driver’s Seat on Renewable Energy

Sitting in the Driver’s Seat on Renewable Energy

On October 20 at the Congressional Quarterly-Roll Call Conference on Climate Change in Washington, D.C., Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) spoke about an important subject she (and we) believe doesn’t get the attention it deserves: creating a strong renewable electricity standard at the federal level.
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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.