Top 10 Applied Materials Blogs of 2010

We did and said a lot around solar and clean energy in 2010 — it was definitely a BUSY year for everyone at Applied Materials. So to reflect on the year, we compiled a list of the ‘Top 10 Blog Posts’ for your reading pleasure.

1. Applied Honored as One of World's 50 Most Innovative Companies

Early in the year, Applied Materials was honored in 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."

Not a bad way to kick off the year if you ask me.

2. Applied Materials Announces Restructuring of Energy and Environmental Solutions Segment

Mike Splinter, chairman and CEO of Applied Materials, in a video, spoke about the restructuring of the company's Energy and Environmental Solutions division.

3. NY Times Columnist Tom Friedman on Applied Materials

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote a great piece in the Times entitled, "Have a Nice Day" about Applied Materials and what we must do to put America on the path to leadership in solar energy. The piece is based on his visit to Applied last week. I would encourage you to check it out.

4. Industrial Scale Solar - An Innovation Opportunity for Silicon Valley

Applied Materials CTO, Mark Pinto, discusses technology which leverages our semiconductor heritage to focus on a thin-film solution for large scale, utility installations, drive down costs and enable market acceleration.

5. Applied CEO Says India Solar Market can be Biggest in the World

Applied Materials Chairman and CEO, Mike Splinter, discusses the solar industry in India and its potential to be at the center of this explosion in demand for solar generated energy, in an interview with Business Today — India’s No. 1 business magazine.

6. Applied Materials: NO on Prop 23

Applied Materials Chairman and CEO, Mike Splinter blogged about one of the most hotly contested items on this year's California ballot — Proposition 23, an initiative aimed at suspending the State’s landmark AB 32 law (the Global Warming Solutions Act). Prop 23 was being touted as a "jobs initiative," but the real thrust of the proposition was to suspend AB 32 until unemployment reached a level of 5.5% for four consecutive quarters, a mark that has been hit only a few times in the last 30 years. His blog post was considered one of the best well written statements on the topic.

7. Governor Schwarzenegger, Avatar Director Debut "No on Prop 23" Ad at Applied Materials

Applied Materials served as the backdrop for the debut of a new ad for the “No on Proposition 23” campaign. The ad was introduced in a webcast by Tom Steyer, Campaign Co-Chair, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and "Avatar” movie director James Cameron. The campaign was overwhelming successful. Proposition 23 failed in a resounding victor for the California economy and its clean energy future. Check out the group photo on the blog.

8. 2010 Crystalline Solar Predictions

At the time this blog post was published Ken MacWilliams was the vice president of technology and new products for Applied’s crystalline silicon solar business. He has since been named the vice president of strategy for the silicon systems group. In his post, he discusses end market movers, materials costs, technology adoptions – to continue the march for high efficiency — scale and factory automation. Find out if his predictions came true.

9. Reflections on Davos

Vice president of Government Affairs, Applied Materials, Garry Fazzino shares his perspective on the World Economic Forum — a slightly more optimistic vibe, but still pragmatic about the pace of the global recovery and economic outlook.

10. U.S. Consumers Demand More Solar

In recognition of Summer Solstice and the ongoing debate concerning energy reform legislation, Applied Materials, the world’s leading supplier of solar panel manufacturing equipment, conducted its second annual survey to gauge the public’s current knowledge and opinion of solar energy usage in the U.S.

According to the survey, Americans are strongly supportive of integrating renewable energy sources into the country’s overall energy mix.

And that’s it!

Have a wonderful and sunny New Year!!

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