California’s Low-e Auto Glass Regulation to Help Curb Emissions

California’s Low-e Auto Glass Regulation to Help Curb Emissions

Earlier this summer, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted unanimously to require auto manufacturers to install low-e glass on all new cars sold within the state starting in 2012. This type of glass is manufactured by many customers of Applied's Glass Coating Products division and is designed to help keep the interiors of vehicles cooler during the summer months, reducing the need for air conditioning, boosting fuel efficiency and reducing carbon emissions at the same time.
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Not All Energy is Created Equal

There are many misconceptions about solar energy; the most prevalent is probably cost. In part, this is because people aren’t aware of how much solar technology has progressed in recent years, but it’s also because many people don’t understand what makes up their monthly energy bill.
Pluto Takes the Prize

Pluto Takes the Prize

Just two years ago, the planet Pluto was downgraded to dwarf-planet status — but with SunTech Power’s announcement of its record breaking Pluto crystalline silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic (PV) solar module, the name Pluto is being venerated once again.
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Health Care of a Different Sort

As policymakers return to Washington for what will be a packed fall schedule, health care is Issue Number One on their minds. It was their primary focus before they left for the August recess and, as the daily stories and video clips from town hall meetings make clear, the issue is well on its way to dominating the autumn congressional schedule. And it is a major issue, to be sure. But there is another health care issue that is even more significant – one that affects a lot more than 305 million Americans.
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Green Jobs – Technology Paves the Way

With economies around the world struggling with recession, many policymakers are looking for the “next big thing” that can spark recovery, economic expansion and job growth. At the same time, governments are grappling with proposed solutions to the climate crisis. The quick answer to these issues is to promote “green jobs”, but successfully building the infrastructure to make the clean tech sector a tangible part of the economy is a complex challenge.
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A Powerful Economic Engine Fueled by the Sun

MANUFACTURE AND GENERATE CLEAN ENERGY LOCALLY. RECIRCULATE YOUR ENERGY DOLLARS LOCALLY. It’s a concept that’s pretty hard to argue. Most recognize that taking advantage of the Sun's energy addresses greenhouse gas emissions, but this post isn’t aimed at making more sweeping claims that solar will save the planet. Rather, what’s often overlooked is that manufacturing clean energy locally yields economic benefits to the community.
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Solar Decathletes Headed to Washington, D.C.

Applied Materials has sponsored the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, but is also lending its technical and monetary support to two California schools that teamed together for this year’s contest, Santa Clara University and the California College of the Arts. Their entry, Refract House, is a “zero-energy” house that will compete in a number of challenges on the National Mall in October.
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Welcome to Our Clean Tech Blog

Over the past 40 years, Applied Materials has been at the center of two of the biggest revolutions of our time – the computer revolution and communications revolution.  These technology waves have forever transformed the way we live our lives, the way we interact with one another and the way we understand the world around us. 
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Europe Bans the Bulb

Long the symbol of a good idea, tungsten (also known as wolfram – but that’s another story) light bulbs have been deemed a bad idea by the European Union. As of today the EU has officially banned the sale of frosted tungsten light bulbs with the idea of moving to more energy efficient lighting. Also, clear bulbs over 100W must be transitioned to more efficient types by 2012.