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Making Green Power Possible: The Future of Utility Grade Renewables

On Thursday, October 8 Applied Materials will sponsor an important panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on the future of utility-scale renewables.  A distiguished panel, moderated by Jason Grumet of the Bipartisan Policy Center, will discuss "Making Green Power Possible: The Future of Utility Grade Renewables."  Stay tuned to the Applied Blog for more from the event.
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Ready, Set, Climate Bill in Motion

Today, Senators Boxer (Environment and Public Works committee chair) and Kerry (Foreign Relations committee chair) introduced a draft climate bill aimed at reducing U.S. CO2 emissions 83% by 2050 – with an ambitious 20% goal by 2020.
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The L Prize

The United States Government's Department of Energy (DOE) is running a contest, named the L Prize, to reward the first organization to design and develop an energy efficient LED bulb. A recent article in the New York Times describes both the contest and the recent submission from lighting giant Philips. The prize for a replacement 60 watt bulb is $10 million dollars and for a replacement reflector flood lamp it's $5 million dollars.
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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.