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Solar happenings

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by vfx, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    And now some not so good solar happenings:

    Thieves Are Stealing Solar Panels and Selling them - NYTimes.com
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    Yeah I put that on Martin's Solar panel page (!)
     
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    Read this yesterday in the Cronicle:

    California company has new approach to solar
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    fascinating! I wonder how efficient they are and how much power they generate per square foot of rooftop compared to an array of tilt-up solar panels?
     
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    #7 vfx, Oct 8, 2008
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    Neat.

    I wonder how much energy is created from the reflection from the roof. I ask because roofs are quickly dirty but I also ask because these might make a way cool patio cover.

    http://www.solyndra.com/
     
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    "...Solyndra exits stealth mode Tuesday with $600 million in venture capital, $1.2 billion in customer contracts..." (!)
     
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    How do they get that kind of funding without some data? I want to see a white paper. Comparisons to thin film and standard Solar panels. Their selling point is "off axis". Let's see a study.

    I wanted to email them about this but all they had was a sales page.
     
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    #11 vfx, Oct 10, 2008
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    Loved the "series of tubes" joke. I would love to see them in San Diego this weekend but I was there last weekend :frown:, just missed Martin's car in Vegas by an hour this week:mad: but will be stopping by to see the MP store this morning. First time.:smile:

    My goal, make every trip Tesla related. :biggrin:

    Edit: MP TS moved to Sun.

    Update: Never made it to the MP showroom.:( All of my SF trips are to the North Bay so it's hard to get south and the SFO trips were during closing time.
     
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    If u like solar daily you should try this for nearly all of the alternative energy projects going on right now.
    Renewable Energy Development
     
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    You're welcome.
     
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    25 percent!
     
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    Now if only they had the Solex Agitator.
     
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    Solar firm Solyndra looks to outshine competition - San Francisco Business Times

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    #18 vfx, Dec 6, 2008
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    afaik these guys are still in stealth mode. I want to see some metrics.
     
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    Did you mean to link just the rpi front page? Or maybe this story?

    RPI: News & Events - Solar Power Game-Changer: “Near Perfect” Absorption of Sunlight, From All Angles

     

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