Applied Materials says cheap silicon will not eliminate cost advantage of thin film
Pinto doesn't think cheaper silicon solar cells will eliminate the cost advantage of "thin film" alternatives like those of First Solar or Applied's Sunfab (an issue we considered in last weeks story "Nightfall Comes to Solar Land"). His unit also sells tools crucial to making conventional solar cells and he doesn't believe such cells can be made for much less than $2 per watt of generating capacity.
I like both technologies as they compliment each other rather than compete -- thin film is better for large commercial installations and silicon based panels are great for smaller installations; however, is this article real --has tomorrow's date today?????