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NOVA: Green Energy in China

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA. PBS’ NOVA, the highest rated science series on television and the most watched documentary series on public television, features Applied Materials’ President of Solar, Charlie Gay and the company’s cutting-edge solar technology.
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One Audacious Solar/"Smart Grid" Endeavor

There is a place where technology giants - Intel, GE, IBM, Microsoft, Dell, Oracle, Cisco and Applied Materials - are pooling their brainpower to try out the best ideas for distributed solar electricity generation and "smart grid" technologies. Where an electric utility is opening up its power grid with 338,000 customers so these companies can experiment outside the lab, in the real world - and see what really will work.
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Addressing the Ever Elusive Issue of Energy Storage

I woke up last night to the sound of various electronic devices in my house resetting themselves — after yet another brief power outage. I don’t live on the fringes of civilization — downtown San Francisco is only a short drive away — but I’ve heard from a long-time resident that our local substation is especially finicky and we’ve been having a spat of nasty storms lately, which doesn’t help the situation. Sounds like the perfect opportunity for energy storage.
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2010: The World Will Not End Anytime Soon

Contrary to Nostradamus and the movies “2012” and “The Road” …. (drumroll please) I am predicting that the world will NOT end anytime soon. While we live in an era of unprecedented environmental challenges, we are also innovating solutions faster than at any time in the history of the planet. Being an optimist at heart, the Conference of Parties at Copenhagen (also known as “COP15”) will produce a political “framework” for a new climate change treaty.
Clean Energy Focus Highly Visible

Clean Energy Focus Highly Visible

As anyone who travels for business knows sometimes in the hazy morning when you just can’t sleep, there are plenty of moments for reflection – and watching local TV. Over the past three years I’ve traveled to China more times that I can count, always driving the message for renewables adoption. Most recognize China as the country that adds a gigawatt of new coal capacity each week. But China has come a long way in understanding and acting upon the importance of clean energy.