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.
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Independent Power Supplier Signs SunFab Contract

KSK Surya Photovoltaic Venture, Private Limited (KSK), a subsidiary of KSK Power Ventur plc, a leading independent power provider in India, announced that it has signed a contract with Applied Materials to purchase two Applied SunFab™ Thin Film Lines for a solar manufacturing facility to be built in India, along with a five-year service contract. The KSK group of companies addresses the power supply deficit in India by building
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Wafer Handling is Stressful

Ultra-thin wafer handling is a significant challenge for crystalline silicon cell manufacturing. Charlie Gay, president of Applied's Solar Business acknowledged this when Tom Cheyney of Photovoltaics International magazine asked him to comment on the extendibility of current mechanical handling techniques.
The Solar Homes of Tomorrow

The Solar Homes of Tomorrow

It’s a great week for the solar power industry in Washington, D.C. thanks to 20 teams of university students competing in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. Each team has entered a solar powered home in the contest and over the next two weeks will have to surmount a number of obstacles and compete in a variety of events to try to win the number one spot, but every one of them is a unique opportunity to educate the public about the possibilities of solar power.