Twitterstorm: The History and Future of Solar

As part of this week’s series of online conversations via Twitter on the various aspects of solar energy, Dr. Charlie Gay, President of Applied’s solar division, today discussed the history and future of the solar industry. Please see below for just a few of the topics Charlie addressed during the Twitterstorm:

• Photovoltaics’ ability to meet peak demand

• Solar power’s evolution over the next 10 years

• Solar’s growth potential for the foreseeable future

• 15 GW of solar is installed in the world today from the last 35 years of manufacturing

• Asked participants what can we do to increase solar usage given that most of the U.S. thinks solar energy consumption is >5% when in reality its <0.2%

• Applied’s entry into photovoltaics and an effective method for scaling solar

• Applied’s goal to help solar manufacturers keep cost low to grow the solar industry

To view these and other related topics search #SummerSun on Twitter. Tune in the rest of the week as we continue the dialogue around solar energy. Log on to Twitter and follow @Applied_Blog and join the conversation by tagging your tweets #SummerSun.

Tomorrow, Bruce Klafter, managing director, environment, health and safety and head of sustainability at Applied Materials will discuss the benefits of solar installations as part of the company’s overall sustainability strategy.

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