Applied Materials is pleased to be recognized once again for our commitment to green energy. In the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Green Power Partnership report, Applied ranked no. 15 on the list of the Top 20 Tech and Telecom companies and no. 35 on the Fortune 500 list.
As I’m caught up in Olympic fever at the moment, this feels like winning a medal!
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) hosted a renewable energy tax equity seminar recently at the White House. The seminar was designed to promote private sector investment in tax equity partnerships for solar, wind and other renewable energy projects. Since the 2008 economic crisis, financing available for renewable energy projects has been limited as the renewable tax equity markets have been very slow to recover.
Newsweek made some significant changes to the ranking methodology this year and, consequently there was quite a bit of musical chairs in the results. One change in the methodology that undoubtedly proved important was the elimination of a reputation score and the addition of a disclosure score (evaluating the breadth and quality of company environmental reporting).
After two years of planning, many sleepless nights, and crash courses in construction, the university teams competing in this year’s Department of Energy Solar Decathlon are ready to build!
The Team Meeting to kick off the competition brought all the students together for the first time for final instructions, a good meal, and pep talks on Tuesday evening. I was pleased to represent Applied Materials, a sponsor of the Solar Decathlon, at the event to share our company’s pride in the teams’ accomplishments to date and our interest in learning more about their solar-inspired innovations during the decathlon which runs through the end of this month in Washington, DC.
It is my privilege to represent Applied Materials as one of four co-chairs of the California Clean Cars Campaign. The Campaign’s diverse members believe that bringing the next generation of advanced, clean cars into the driveways of California families will save consumers money, reduce air pollution, and support new jobs and investment in the state’s clean energy economy.
The Campaign is presently urging the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to negotiate new carbon pollution and federal mileage standards with the Federal government that are tough enough to continue propelling the clean economy forward, that will prevent pollution and will protect public health.
Ten U.S. Senators recently visited Applied Materials' Solar Technology Center in Xi’an, China. The delegation’s mission was to learn more about renewable energy markets, manufacturing and projects in China as well as to observe U.S. investment in China.
The delegation included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Democratic Caucus Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
Homes with solar panels sold for an average of $17,000 more than comparable homes without solar systems over a nine-year time period in California, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Solar advocates have long argued that the initial capital cost of generating solar electricity would be offset both by lower electricity bills and by an increase in home value at the time of sale. This study proves it.
Applied Materials recently hosted a delegation from the Chungbuk Province, Korea, that included its Governor, Mr. Si-Jong Lee and its Ambassador and International Advisor, Mr. Dong-Hwan Choi.
This visit was part of the Governor's official trip to the United States that also included stops in New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. The purpose of the trip was to promote US-Korea global investments and local industry, focusing primarily on the solar and bio-technology industries.
The delegation included the Governor's staff, Korea industry executives, and representatives from Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) which organized the trip.
While at Applied Materials the group met with company executives including Chris Bowers, group vice president, Corporate Initiatives and Charlie Pappis, group vice president and general manager, Applied Global Services, to discuss Applied Materials’ technology and presence in Korea as well as investment opportunities in the Chungbuk Province. Additionally, the delegation received a company overview and tour of the Maydan Technology Center – a state of the art semiconductor R&D facility.
I was talking to a cool science chic with pink hair who rides a hovercraft at The Tech Museum yesterday. She offered to show me her sweet, new game that teaches kids how to be climate change experts and learn about cutting-edge technology that will help save our planet. It was all in a day’s play in the virtual world, where my avatar explored The Tech Museum and played the new Bright Future Trivia Game.
Developed by Applied Materials and hosted by The Tech Museum through the KidsCom.com website, The Bright Future (BF) Trivia Game challenges kids’ environmental knowledge with well-researched, age-appropriate, green trivia. Questions cover such topics as renewable energy, biodiversity, green careers and climate change.
On Wednesday, President Obama reminded us that “in America, innovation isn’t just how we change our lives. It’s how we make a living.” This rings especially true at Applied Materials as our livelihoods depend on changing lives through technology in big ways. We were encouraged to hear President Obama’s plans for the Better Buildings Initiative, focused on increasing high efficiency lighting, on-site renewable energy generation, insulation and coatings and advanced HVAC control technologies. At Applied Materials, we’re providing a map on how to get there and developing solutions in each of these categories.
The renewable energy sector, and the solar photovoltaics industry in particular, lost a great leader on Thursday, October 14. Hermann Scheer, winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize, and mentor and champion of the solar photovoltaics industry, died unexpectedly in Berlin at the age of 66.