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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.
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.