Applied Materials drives innovation in a variety of ways, including investing in internal R&D to continue to offer new products and technologies and collaborating with the world’s leading universities, research institutions, industry associations and consortia as well as government entities.
We’ve also developed internal programs to advance technology breakthroughs by encouraging and funding disruptive ideas that can accelerate product development.
Applied Materials invited me to write a blog post about SEMI’s recently released the 4th edition of the ITRPV, the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics to highlight the importance of establishing an industry direction for R&D and planning. The ITRPV outlines expected technology developments and helps set a basis for dialog about required improvements and standards. The ITRPV effort began in 2008 in Europe and was the first SEMI effort to bring the photovoltaic (PV) industry together around shared challenges and a consensus outlook on where Crystalline-silicon (c-Si) is going.
One of the many highlights of working at Applied Materials is collaborating with extremely innovative, talented and passionate people who are changing the world as we know it. One in particular is our very own Dr. Charlie Gay – also known as “Doctor Solar.”
I’m delighted to congratulate Charlie on his election to the National Academy of Engineering – the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer in the United States – for his seminal contributions to the development of the global solar photovoltaic (PV) industry.