When imagination and technology are focused on addressing everyday problems around the globe, amazing solutions are created. This year’s 25 Tech Award finalists have applied technology to benefit humanity with projects that include deploying drones to prevent animal poaching in developing countries, designing a machine to deliver anesthesia in medical clinics without access to compressed oxygen or continuous grid power, and creating a mobile app to promote carpooling in busy Latin American cities.
Applied Materials is pleased to be recognized once again for our commitment to green energy. In the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership report released this week, Applied ranked No. 82 on National Top 100 list of the largest green power users, No. 13 on the list of Top 30 Tech & Telecom companies and No. 26 on the FORTUNE 500 list.
The Environmental Innovation Center demonstrates the power of creativity and collaboration to address local needs. Its three tenants share a commitment to discovering economic and environmental solutions that benefit the community.
In India, approximately 30% of the country's population - or 300 million people - do not have access to a dependable source of electricity. While solar power can be an excellent solution, barriers still exist for people living in impoverished communities. Most significant are the lack of end-user financing and the absence of reliable service and maintenance of the solar equipment.
Team UOW – from the University of Wollongong in Australia – took first place at the Solar Decathlon China! Not only did their entry score the highest points in the competition but it received recognition as the oldest house in the event. The Team avoided the environmental impacts of new construction by retrofitting a typical existing Australian home built in the period of the 1950’s and 60’s.
The Applied Materials Clean Tech Competition (CTC), a research and design challenge program for 15-18 year old students, attracted overwhelming interest in Singapore with participation from 330 students, forming 91 teams across 23 schools.
Launched for the first time in Singapore, this annual competition aims to address a significant global issue, and this year’s theme focused on “Clean Water for All.”
Following months of vigorous prototyping, innovative research and design, Hwa Chong Institution emerged as the winner of the Applied Materials Clean Tech Competition in Singapore. Their team’s innovative project on utilising calcium carbonate found in clam shells to remove toxic metal ions from waste water showcased their talent to solve critical global water problems through affordable eco-friendly solutions.
Applied Materials employees are taking to the streets, the mountains, the parks and the classrooms as part of the Company’s EarthWorks campaign that celebrates Earth Day and encourages employees and their families to learn, explore and get involved this Spring.
Over the next few weeks, we will be planting trees in Alzenau, Germany, enjoying an Earth Day festival in San Jose, California, and participating in cleanup projects at Mount Fuji in Japan and at various historical sites in Korea. “Litter Gitters” will be out in full force in Whitefish, Montana and Austin, Texas employee volunteers will join the “sweep” of the city to remove waste.
Our project to install a 2.5 megawatt wind turbine at Applied’s Varian Semiconductor Equipment site at Gloucester, MA is nearing completion.
Last month we posted a time-lapse video showing the transport of one of the 160-foot long rotor blades through the streets of Gloucester.
Now, here are some snapshots from the process of mounting the rotor assembly to the nacelle which sits atop the 328 foot tall tower. With National Grid approval scheduled for November 26 we’re just days away from throwing the switch!
A “sneak peek” of the much anticipated 2.5 megawatt wind turbine — one of the largest turbines on the eastern seaboard — which is making its way to the Applied Materials Gloucester, MA site!
When completed, the installation of the wind turbine will supply greater than 30% of the site’s electricity and reduce site operating expenses by more than $1 million annually. What’s more, 99% of the power generated by the turbine will be used on-site, resulting in a 34% projected reduction in CO2 emissions—greatly reducing Applied’s carbon footprint.