Applied Materials’ president of Solar, Dr. Charlie Gay along with Peking University’s president, Zhou Qifeng; China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) chief engineer and director of the international cooperation department, Wu Guihui; U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) China office executive director, Martin Schoenbauer and other representatives of NEA and the university kicked off the Chinese Solar Decathlon competition with a dedication ceremony in Beijing, China this week.
Five years ago, Applied Materials began construction of a state-of-the-art research and development facility in Xi'an, a historical city in Western China. More than 300 employees now work at the facility in the areas of semiconductor equipment, solar, training, software and procurement operations. On November 30th, the Xi'an facility celebrated its fifth anniversary and Applied Materials Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter joined in the festivities.
Applied Materials will be hosting a series of online conversation via Twitter on various aspects of solar energy June 21 – 25 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT each day.
These one-hour conversations, will kick off the first day of summer - Summer Solstice - by featuring a different expert each day to discuss various topics including solar energy legislation, utility scale solar, the solar industry in China and the benefits of solar installations, to name a few.
Applied Materials' Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter met with several high level government officials on his recent trip to China. He met with the Minister of Commerce, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and senior members of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) to engage the Chinese leadership on policy initiatives that would expand the deployment of solar energy in China.