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.
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Pinto Weighs in on Solar Around the World

From the National Energy Summit and International Dialogue in Washington, D.C., Mark Pinto, Chief Technology Officer for Applied Materials discusses with Clean Skies News’ Tyler Suiters, the global solar industry in markets including Germany, Spain, Italy, France and China, as well as the investment tax credit (ITC) and how the tax code affects the economics of solar in the United States.
Ingot Squarer Speeds Productivity

Ingot Squarer Speeds Productivity

From PVSEC (Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference) showroom floor in Hamburg, Germany, Jean-Maurice Imbert the vice president and general manager of Applied Materials' Precision Wafering Systems division fills us in about Applied Materials' latest extension of its wafering technology - the new Applied HCT Diamond Squarer.
Cleantech Special Interest Group Hosted by Applied Ventures

Cleantech Special Interest Group Hosted by Applied Ventures

Applied Ventures recently hosted the Cleantech Special Interest Group (SIG), a cadre of cleantech investors, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media. The group toured Applied's facility and viewed the Sunfab PECVD tool chamber, the world’s most powerful solar glass module as well as got a peek at the AKT Gen 10 display glass – the largest in production today.
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.