China PV Technology Symposium

China PV Technology Symposium

Applied Materials and the Energy Research Institute (ERI - the Chinese government’s premier think tank for energy issues) recently held a solar technology forum for key leaders in China’s energy policymaking and markets.
Esatto: Technology Chefs Cook up Higher Performance

Esatto: Technology Chefs Cook up Higher Performance

In addition to market demand and government incentives, extremely advanced technologies are required to support the steadily decreasing price of power generated by photovoltaic (PV) cells. One of the most crucial technologies is the metallization on the two sides of the wafer to conduct the electrons, that is, electric power, out of the cell. This is mostly done with screen printing, where a conductive paste is forced through the openings of a fabric (called a screen) to establish contact with the wafer.
24th Annual PVSEC

24th Annual PVSEC

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panel prices have fallen about 40% since the middle of last year, largely as a result of the improved supply of polysilicon which goes into crystalline-silicon-based panels. When the industry was constrained by limited production of polysilicon, the price reached over $300/kg. Now, the cost has fallen well below $100/kg and supplies are readily available for mass production — driving a continuing decline in panel prices.
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How a Feed-in Tariff Can Help Solve California’s Renewables Problem

Today, the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry relies on government incentive programs to be competitive in electricity markets. The main government policy lever has been the use of feed-in tariffs (FiTs). An FiT requires utilities to interconnect with private renewable energy generators and purchase the electricity generated at a pre-determined rate.
Utilities Can Lead the Way

Utilities Can Lead the Way

America's 3,000 or so public and privately owned electricity suppliers are uniquely positioned to build out solar farms, as part of a broad, public push for energy diversification.
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NY Times Columnist Tom Friedman on Applied Materials

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote a great piece in Wednesday's Times entitled "Have a Nice Day" about Applied Materials and what we must do to put America on the path to leadership in solar energy.  The piece is based on his visit to Applied last week.  I would encourage you to check it out.
Postcard: Dalian World Economic Forum

Postcard: Dalian World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum in Dalian, China last week sparked discussion on some of the most pressing issues of the day — our low-carbon future, the role of emerging economies and the energy sector transformation into a diversity of choices over the next 20 years. Solar and nuclear both garnered strong voices in the working sessions, with many attendees calling for more discussion about energy efficiency in future forums. The key take-away: a strong commitment from China t
Enviably Green

Enviably Green

Green Power! On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented us with a 2009 Green Power Leadership Award for our commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. This is a significant achievement for Applied, as we were one of only three organizations nationwide to receive an award for on-site generation of green power.