Solar Energy in China

Solar Energy in China

Applied Materials' Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter met with several high level government officials on his recent trip to China. He met with the Minister of Commerce, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and senior members of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) to engage the Chinese leadership on policy initiatives that would expand the deployment of solar energy in China.
The New Currency: Electricity

The New Currency: Electricity

Across the globe, lack of access to electricity creates a cycle of poverty that is difficult to break. According to the International Energy Agency, 1.6 billion people are without access to electricity in the world – mostly in poor, rural areas.
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We Support the Rainforests Project

Applied Materials supports The Prince of Wales' Rainforests Project's call for emergency action to help combat climate change by addressing rainforest destruction. Join this urgent challenge; to add your name to this cause, please add it below or visit the project's web site.
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Botox and Electricity Transmission

In conversations about utility scale renewable energy, I'm consistently running into the same three misperceptions. #1: Renewable energy requires new transmission. When utilities and policy makers think large scale renewable energy, they think first about wind and concentrating solar thermal. For utility scale generation, both technologies have had a head start versus solar PV (and, therefore, are more top-of-mind). But
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Energizing Austin

A great idea germinated in California is now taking root in Texas, starting in Austin.The City Council has voted to launch "Energize Austin," a new program to make solar more affordable and more available to companies and residents in the service area of Austin Energy (AE), the city-owned electric provider.
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E-Paper Equals Environmental Savings

Since this year’s Yokohama Flat Panel Display show was also a Green Devices show, a lot of interesting products ranging from solar panels to LED lighting fixtures were shown.One display-related product was e-paper or electronic paper. Did you know that in the U.S., an average person consumes approximately 700 pounds of paper per year?
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Clear Skies Ahead

Recent news from Spectrolab Inc., asserts that a triple junction solar cell has achieved the world record in efficiency, converting 41.6% of sunlight into electricity. While tremendously impressive and promising, this technology is targeted for implementation in space. Our focus at Applied is on achieving breakthrough efficiencies for rooftop and utility photovoltaics applications. We must achieve this with efficient and low cost manufacturing technologies capable of converting the most electrons for your solar buck.
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Vampires Among Us!

Did you know that standby power, the power consumed by electronic devices in the “off” mode, amounts to nearly 5% of U.S. residential electricity usage? Home electronic products use energy when they're off to power features like clock displays and remote controls. That 5% wasted energy is over 64 million megawatt hours or the equivalent output of more than 15 average power plants!
Thin and Energy-Efficient is In

Thin and Energy-Efficient is In

Shopping for a new LCD TV? If you think a 50” high definition LCD TV with LED back light is state-of-the-art, think again! I’m at the 2009 FPD International and Green Device show in Yokohama, Japan and am seeing some amazingly cool products.