Here’s your opportunity!
It’s all what I think.. and thinking seems to be all too rare now days..
It’s still very early in the discovery process, and there is no doubt that there are certain people who will want this story to end as quickly as possible. I do think the more recent story out of Nevada has some gems in it, the article is careful to cover the political implications, and there’s a few quotes from Harry Reid who attempts to make the point that the funding of Amonix, and the two Companies that bought their unproven 7700- eight generation trackers ’NextEra, and Congentrix’ was a bi-partisan decision. I think it’s Harry’s hope that people don’t dig too deep into Amonix, but with hundreds of acres of expensive and worthless equipment in the field, how will that be ignored?
Webpages are out there still, the NREL promoting Amonix, and if your research comes to the same conclusions as mine, you’ll know that Amonix NEVER had a viable product EVER! As I’ve said elsewhere, the evidence is in the field, and what you will see next, is the hundreds of acres of this equipment will never be cost effectively rehabilitated.
The Department of Energy didn’t just hand Amonix millions, they also funded other companies to buy the totally unproven and untested Amonix 7700 CPV trackers. Fact is, there never was a proven Eight generation 7700 tracker.
Here’s some valuable learning…
On the positive side, Eckstein sees concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) specialist Amonix as a leading contender to pursue an IPO within the next year, along with the CdTe module producer Abound Solar.
“Amonix is a top contender,” says Eckstein. “Successful project developments in the coming year could open the door for an IPO, [while] Abound is swiftly following in the footsteps of First Solar.”
What I think we need ask.. is how did Eckstein get it so wrong? And who are the fools that will listen to LUX Research Next? There’s more gems in the article below. But, what we might take away from all this is the largest question… Where are the people who ask good questions? who verifies these claims?
That old saying.. you need put 80% of your efforts into marketing and the promotion of your product and 20% into the product itself.. I’d say that’s going to prove fairly accurate in the case of Amonix.
What we find on the internet is pages and pages of praise, awards, photo opportunities, praise from the President of the United States and other Politicians.
Do as much research as you like, you’ll be hard pressed to find even one person who asks a good question or expresses interest in verifying any of the information presented on the Amonix WEBsite that seems void of any real technical information.
And a certain Engineer with a Doctorates that gives a presentation on Amonix’s efforts to provide a 25 year life in the field.. Go to hatch, and you’ll find proof that this stuff wasn’t designed well enough to make it a year in the field without damage. Look at the theory of wind protection, give it to a high school science class and see if they don’t shoot the whole concept full of holes!
Fact is.. we are lead to believe that NextEra and Congentrix bought millions upon Millions of dollars of this stuff….. or really? Are we to believe that these two companies are just as inept as the Department of Energy? Not a single person within their companies smart enough to research and find out that there really was no proper field test of the Amonix 7700 eight generation of tracker? Maybe their risk was made so low that they didn’t have reason to care?
It’s all a little strange that both of these companies have been absolutely silent regarding the many problems they’ve found in the field. It was reported to me by a reliable person that NextEra literally locked out Amonix and their contractors from the Hatch Power Plant once they understood that Amonix wasn’t able to fix the problems. I think the root of the problem was Amonix didn’t have the money to do so, but what you will likely learn in the next year is no one has enough money to fix what’s wrong with these two power plants.
As I may have said elsewhere, there is the possibility of setting the trackers in a fixed position, and using them as mounts for a more reliable and trouble free Solar PV technology. This may be a opportunity for another company, and it should be fairly well understood by now that you don’t need much of a plan to get money from the Department of Energy. Maybe you just call them up, drop by with a good sketch on the back of a napkin, and ask for a $15 million grant to produce a more detailed study?
Do a few google searches, an example is key words ‘Amonix IPO’. read a few and ask yourself. Were these folks this wrong, or were they well paid for writing the article?
I will always cherish that email I got from Jon Ralston.. ”you sir… are a real piece of work!”, you make a lot of assumptions!
I’d like to counter that.. the entire media as I see it are a real ‘piece of lazy’, if the story isn’t handed to them, they won’t do it. The Las Vegas Sun? Go to their Website and type in Amonix.. ask yourself.. how can the World’s largest CPV power plants that will cover hundreds of acres be shipped out of Las Vegas and not be worthy of a follow-up story? If you can’t count on them to do that, what good are they? Perhaps, it’s the sale ads that folks in Nevada find value in? Maybe the Sun needed permission to follow this story and didn’t get it?
As I say, there’s so much to learn from Amonix, and that’s why I’ve put the effort into it. As Kermit the Frog once said “It’s good to be green.”
There is another company I’ve been following, their product is totally worthless, a grade school kid could do the basic calcs and tell you that the device is barely capable of running a light bulb! This company is run by another Harvard grad with a business degree.
He’s put all his effort into marketing, he has enough investors to build piles of junk that look fairly impressive. With absolutely no need to prove the value of his product as of this date, he’s been able to hire more people, and he now claims the Department of Energy is interested in his company!
We could easily correct a lot of this waste and abuse if only we had a few reporters out there that didn’t have butts shaped just like the seat of their office chair. If only they had the critical thinking skills to ask… “so it seems you are claiming about 1000 times more energy out of your machine than you put in?” God knows the DOE doesn’t make time for that level of analysis BEFORE they hand out Promise Notes and assign them to you to repay..
Do watch Martha again… now we ask.. did she have a reason to be so nervous giving Her TED talk? No, this is not a stupid woman.. but likely caught up in all of this in the pursuit of a paycheck..
OK, 80% of a post is in the editing.. I have yet to do that, but wanted this up ASAP..
Have a great day, and do thank that idiot you know that votes for anything green. I do love solar PV by the way… and I am angry that the Department of Energy has done so much to totally destroy it’s reputation. As I said elsewhere, I’m glad Spain doesn’t have a big Army, when they figure out they bought a pig in a poke on the DOE’s recommendation, they’re going to be really pissed off.. you do know they too bought a big field full of junk..
Can I say this too much? El Paso Electric has the blue print for what should be a requirement. Richard Turner who heads up their Alternative Energy Investments has lead the way in setting up access to the power meters that lay between the Solar PV power plants, and El Paso Electric Customers. Any interested party can compare how these plants perform, and you will note just how sickly the Hatch power plant has performed. Thank you Richard Turner and the department of talented people you lead. I do hope other power companies will see the wisdom of following the Example EPE sets.. WE need note that we are NOT the only people ‘forced’ to make green investments, the power companies are too.
When we are ‘forced’ to invest, shouldn’t there be some penality for those who forced us to make an unsound investment? One that was never really researched? Best we can do is forget all about their party, just vote them out, it’s the only tool we really have..