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Applied Materials Aquires HCT and Introduces Integrated Thin Film Production Line

Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT) has aquired HCT and is making large inroads on their Solar PV technology. HCT Shaping Systems started this thin film solar technology and Applied Materials will see it through with their announcement of its Applied SunFab™ Thin Film production line. By applying their four decades of thin film on silicon experience to the manufacturing of solar modules, the company claims that the total volume of solar panels manufactured each year can be vastly increased. At the same time, their products are aimed at reducing the cost per watt of energy produced, to become more competitive with current electricity generation. Thinner solar panels means cheaper materials which is past on to the consumer in a more affordable green and clean energy solution.

HCT Shaping Systems SA (HCT) is the world’s leading supplier of precision wafering systems for manufacturing crystalline silicon (c-Si) substrates for the solar industry. The acquisition of HCT expands Applied’s portfolio of solutions for helping solar customers reduce the costs of manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) cells to make solar energy more competitive with grid electricity.

This acquisition, combined with our strong production technology and global support infrastructure, will enable us to bring crystalline silicon solar manufacturing to a new level of efficiency and help drive down the cost-per-watt of solar power, said Mike Splinter, president and CEO of Applied Materials. HCT’s technology is critical to our roadmap since it complements our high-throughput deposition systems and will enable customers to scale up production and reduce costs.

Sunfabline_webready_090307Applied SunFab is the world’s first and only integrated production line for manufacturing thin film silicon solar modules using 5.7 square meter (m2) glass panels. These ultra-large substrates, sized at 2.2m x 2.6m, are four times bigger than today’s largest thin film solar production panels. This line defines a new standard for the industry that can be replicated by customers around the globe to rapidly establish solar panel manufacturing capacity and achieve the lowest production cost per watt to drive down the cost of solar electricity.

Cogeneration

Cogeneration and Electricity

Some people have asked about what programs and government credits are available for those who want to produce their own electricity from solar and wind generation and sell excess energy back on the power grid in their city.

When considering how to go about connecting the power you generate to the power grid you have to consider the extra steps involved in the connection process. Normally the phase angle of an inverter will not match the phase of the AC mains source power from the street power lines, and the inverter will pop. Because of this there are a few more things to consider when connecting up to the power grid.

The idea of producing some of your own energy and using some off the power grid as well as selling the energy back you don’t use from your own production is known as “cogeneration”. In other words, you have some power source at your home (like a running stream, or solar panels, or a big windmill), and sell the excess power back to the power grid. To begin the instruction and education process I would read the wiki on this listed below.

You can also sign up for solar panel news and information updates by filling out the contact page with ESS Solar. They are great about sending out newsletter information about new solar technology and prices as it hits the Texas market. They can also help you understand the cost and viability based on your economic situation of whether a cogeneration setup is your best choice when choosing an off the grid electricity solution. ESS Solar can give you a quote on a cogeneration setup that uses some power from the grid while at the same time selling back the solar power you produce to the Texas electric grid. ESS Solar works with Oncor and Centerpoint utilities to sell your solar energy back on the Texas electricity grid which will literally cause your electric meter to run backwards. Texas law requires that a Texas utility comply with any business or home that wishes to sell their generated power back on the grid. ESS Solar will make sure your solar setup complies with Texas law so that your cogeneration power can be sold back on the Texas electric grid.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogeneration

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