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Building Blocks to Boost Solar Productivity (Part 2)

Building Blocks to Boost Solar Productivity (Part 2)

Today’s blog post is part two of the three part series running this week looking at the interrelated building blocks that are key contributors to producing solar modules at a cost of less than US$1 per watt.Thinner Wafers and Higher ThroughputsSilicon wafers for PV are much thinner and more fragile than those used in typical integrated circuit (IC) fabs. While the IC industry starts with 700-750 micron thick wafers, the solar industry has been driving to thinner wafers to save on silicon consumption, the largest single materials cost in solar cell production.
Governor Schwarzenegger, Avatar Director Debut "No on Prop 23" Ad at Applied Materials

Governor Schwarzenegger, Avatar Director Debut "No on Prop 23" Ad at Applied Materials

Today, Applied Materials’ R&D campus—home to one of the largest corporate solar installations in the nation—served as the backdrop for the debut of the newest ad for the “No on Proposition 23” campaign. The ad was introduced in a webcast this afternoon by Tom Steyer, Campaign Co-Chair (far left), California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (center), and "Avatar” movie director James Cameron (second from right). Applied Materials CFO, George Davis (far right) welcomed guests and provided a brief overview and tour of Applied Materials. The ad can be viewed at the Stop the Dirty Energy Proposition's YouTube channel.
What is the Future of Cleantech?

What is the Future of Cleantech?

As the climate change and energy policy bills meander their way through the U.S. Congress, interest in when, where and how to build a renewable energy future is still up for debate—and funding. And, a lively debate it is.