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.
Manufacturing Energy

Manufacturing Energy

We can manufacture our way out of our current energy conundrum. That's because solar power, unlike fossil-fuel-generated electricity, is manufactured energy. Manufactured energy: it’s a powerful concept. Sunlight is absorbed, processed and converted, as opposed to fossil fuels, which must be located, extracted, shipped and burned.
Let the Games Begin

Let the Games Begin

Appropriately, it was a warm, sunny afternoon in Washington, D.C. as the 2009 Solar Decathlon officially kicked off yesterday with a full color guard ceremony complete with several hundred solar devotees and the Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu.
No Surprises: It's about the Policy

No Surprises: It's about the Policy

As part of our kick-off activities for this year’s Solar Decathlon, Applied Materials hosted a panel discussion on scaling renewable energy at the National Press Club in Washington D.C yesterday. The panel included reps from Pacific Gas and Electric Company(PG&E), Bechtel, Green Strategies, the Bipartisan Policy Center as well as Applied Materials Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter.