Applied Materials at Solar Power International 2010
Applied Materials is participating in this year's Solar Power International 2010 (SPI) which is touted as North America's largest business-to-business solar event, running from Oct 12-14th in Los Angeles, California.
As the world’s largest supplier of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell manufacturing equipment, Applied Material has been a major contributor to the worldwide 2010 cell manufacturing capacity expansion. I am pleased to report that, Applied's Baccini and Precision Wafering Systems divisions have record-breaking years and have contributed significantly to the company's performance this year.
Applied is making significant contributions to the solar power industry with innovations such as the Esatto precision screen-printing technology used to boost cell efficiency by fabricating double-printed contact lines and selective emitter structures. We have also developed a new low-cost monolithic module assembly technique that enables customers to eliminate the complex and error-prone task of stringing cells together. Many of the modules on display at the show will have been manufactured on Applied Materials equipment.
A growing and critical part of Applied’s c-Si manufacturing solutions is a comprehensive suite of automated “intelligent” control systems. At the heart of this suite is the SmartFactory manufacturing execution system that optimizes a manufacturer's business and production processes. The software optimizes factory-level control, performance and efficiency to realize significantly higher productivity. By featuring pre-configured workflows, it can be rapidly implemented and scaled as business needs expand. With our E3 technology that interfaces directly with production equipment, real-time, run-to-run process turning and fault detection capabilities increase process capability and reduce unplanned downtime.
A highlight of our participation at SPI is the "Greening the Solar Industry" session on happening today at 4 pm. This session will feature Applied's sustainability guru, Bruce Klafter, a frequent contributor to this blog. The session will attempt to highlight the issues that must be addressed to “double-green” the solar industry, ensuring that the solar power systems themselves must be produced in a sustainable fashion.
I hope to see you all at the show! Check out Applied’s booth and bring your questions to West Hall Booth 701 or follow our updates on Twitter at @Applied_Blog.