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Free Trade: It Takes One to Know One

Did you know that 85% of all consumers worldwide live outside the U.S.? So what does that mean for us? It means that if we can’t access markets around the world freely, we can’t sell to many of them – not products, not services, not ideas, not anything. In a time of economic uncertainty, it’s instinctual to want to hunker down, protect what we have, and think about closing down the borders to trade. But that’s dangerous thinking.
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Move Towards Secure Solar Power

In celebration of India’s 63rd anniversary of Independence, The Times of India, Bangalore edition, featured articles from several leading high tech companies on how technology is helping to further advance the country’s freedom. AppliedMaterials' Dr. Madhusudan Atre, President of Applied Materials India contributed a piece titled, Move Towards Secure Solar Power.
Applied Materials Hosts Bundestag Members

Applied Materials Hosts Bundestag Members

Applied Materials hosted a delegation of nine Bundestag (Germany’s Parliament) Members in Santa Clara, California last week. The visit was part of a familiarization trip to learn more about the company and our operations in Germany. Germany is home to several hundred Applied Materials employees and numerous customers, not to mention being the largest economy within the European Union (EU). Applied Materials’ executive vice president Franz Janker, briefed the Bundestag Members on Applied’s overall business and footprint in Germany. They also learned about our solar and other energy and environmental technologies.
Good vs Perfect: Can We Afford to Wait?

Good vs Perfect: Can We Afford to Wait?

The clean energy movement has an unfortunate history of sacrificing the “good” in search of the “perfect” solution. Here’s an example: Kevin Costner (yes, the actor) reacted to the Exxon Valdez oil spill by investing over $24 million in a company that makes high speed centrifuge machines that can separate oil from water at the source of an oil spill. So, rather than having to skim the oil off the water or collect and transport massive mixtures of oil and water, the machines sends clean water back into the ocean on site and collect oil on the tanker. That way, the oil never reaches land, which greatly reduces the impact on wetlands, birds and sea life. Sounds great, right? Not so fast.
Good news/bad news in Top 10 Solar Utility Rankings

Good news/bad news in Top 10 Solar Utility Rankings

At its recent Utility Solar Conference, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced the below lists of the top ten U.S. utilities with high solar integration in 2009 and top ten cumulative solar utilities.    There’s good news and bad news with these list.
Utilities Can Lead the Way

Utilities Can Lead the Way

America's 3,000 or so public and privately owned electricity suppliers are uniquely positioned to build out solar farms, as part of a broad, public push for energy diversification.