There are a few things in life you can count on. Death and taxes are commonly cited. But in our business, it's the fact that the sun rises every morning. We talk a lot about how solar is a "renewable" energy source, but the meaning of that word hit home this week when natural gas prices jumped five percent.
Thursday's edition of the New York Times has a great piece on Applied's new Solar Research and Development Center in Xi'an China. The Center, which is the world's largest commercial solar R&D Center is nearly 500,000 square feet and includes full crystalline silicon and thin film solar panel lines. The story is well worth the read.
Applied Materials is honored in the current issue of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Technology Review as one of the world's 50 most innovative companies. Applied was recognized specifically for "Saving solar costs with large-scale manufacturing."
Applied Materials Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter spoke with CNBC from the World Economic Forum in Davos. He addressed the importance of jobs in the clean technology sector, the need for an energy bill in the United States, and the movement to the next generation of technology and new capabilites.
Given the increasing discussion around cap-and-trade in the United States (U.S.) in the lead up to COP15, many members of the media have been asking for Applied’s perspective on the impact of a "price" for carbon on business. Politics aside, it's important to recognize that while carbon may not currently have a "price" it does have a cost — we're just not accounting for it.
It would be tough duty to be a judge for the Tech Awards, the annual global technology competition sponsored by Applied Materials. Every one of the laureates, as they call the amazing group of finalists each year, made it through a rigorous judging and application process, lead by Santa Clara University, to the final awards gala in San Jose, California. Every one of them is worthy of an award.
The New York Times is out today with their Special Section on the "Business of Green". The section is well worth a read. In particular, Applied's Mark Pinto is featured in a piece about the COP15 and the role that governments must play in helping make renewables a meaningful part of the global energy mix. Pinto was also featured earl