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Automation Software: Key to Moving Solar Manufacturing Forward

The solar manufacturing industry is facing more pressure for a technology ramp-up than any other semiconductor-related industry at this time. This ramp-up is taking place in an environment where economic conditions force a major focus on cost savings and rapid return-on-investment.Luckily, the solar industry has many similarities to the more mature LCD flat panel display and integrated circuit industries —enabling us to leverage innovation and solutions from these sister industries.
Harnessing Collective Wisdom

Harnessing Collective Wisdom

We’ve talked about the economic and environmental benefits of local solar ecosystems before on this blog, but even the best team can benefit from the experience of others, wherever they’re located. When it comes to making anything work better, collective wisdom is a powerful tool.
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New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman on Green China

Columnist Tom Friedman had a piece titled "The New Sputnik" in today's New York Times about China's push to become the global leader in green technology.  It is a topic that Applied's leadership has been discussing a great deal over the past few months and a column that is well worth the read.
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Let There be Light

EE Times published an excellent, in-depth overview of the Light Emitting Diode (LED) industry in the September 21 Special Edition. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the fast growing LED market. This survey article is unique in that it is only available in the EE Times on-line reader format so you must click on the link when connected to the internet.
High Tech Paste Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency

High Tech Paste Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency

We caught up with Thomas Earnest, Global Market Development manager, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions Enterprise at the European Photovoltalic Energy Conference, who provided some insights into DuPont's latest 'paste' technology that can be used with Applied Materials' advance multiple printing technology to increase the absolute efficiency of crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells. Read the press release to learn more about this announcement.
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Pinto Weighs in on Solar Around the World

From the National Energy Summit and International Dialogue in Washington, D.C., Mark Pinto, Chief Technology Officer for Applied Materials discusses with Clean Skies News’ Tyler Suiters, the global solar industry in markets including Germany, Spain, Italy, France and China, as well as the investment tax credit (ITC) and how the tax code affects the economics of solar in the United States.
Ingot Squarer Speeds Productivity

Ingot Squarer Speeds Productivity

From PVSEC (Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference) showroom floor in Hamburg, Germany, Jean-Maurice Imbert the vice president and general manager of Applied Materials' Precision Wafering Systems division fills us in about Applied Materials' latest extension of its wafering technology - the new Applied HCT Diamond Squarer.
Cleantech Special Interest Group Hosted by Applied Ventures

Cleantech Special Interest Group Hosted by Applied Ventures

Applied Ventures recently hosted the Cleantech Special Interest Group (SIG), a cadre of cleantech investors, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media. The group toured Applied's facility and viewed the Sunfab PECVD tool chamber, the world’s most powerful solar glass module as well as got a peek at the AKT Gen 10 display glass – the largest in production today.
China PV Technology Symposium

China PV Technology Symposium

Applied Materials and the Energy Research Institute (ERI - the Chinese government’s premier think tank for energy issues) recently held a solar technology forum for key leaders in China’s energy policymaking and markets.