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QBotix Receives $1M From DoE to Advance Robotic Solar-Panel Technology

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Cost Versus Value
Cabe Atwell   5/21/2014 11:20:19 PM
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The company recently was awarded another $12-million in funding, this time from European energy giants EON and Iberdrola for implementation of the QBotix system in Spain, Latin America and the UK. My question is what did they do with the original funding?

apresher
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Cost Versus Value
apresher   1/7/2013 1:25:05 PM
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With the latest solar article I did for Design News, it is absolutely clear from the leading suppliers I interviewed that a key design goal is driving cost out of these systems.  In many cases given the size of typical larger installations, tracking systems are being applied to a row of panels to drive down costs. Even off-the-shelf PLCs (which should offer a low cost control) are often viewed as too expensive compared to custom controls that offer a specific solution (even if it's not true given development and engineering costs).  It's very hard to understand how this robotic approach has much of a chance to further enhance system performance compared to existing tracking solutions.

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a 2 pronged approach
irishmuse   1/2/2013 5:09:24 PM
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Yep,  they are going to make Solar competetive all right.  Wasting money on stuff like this, and then piling taxes on everything else until parity is acheived.

 

GTOlover
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Re: Return on DoE Investment
GTOlover   1/2/2013 4:34:58 PM
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Amen!

robatnorcross
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Re: Return on DoE Investment
robatnorcross   1/2/2013 4:34:00 PM
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Gee, I hate to  throw a cloud over this BUT solar trackers have been available for YEARS. Check out an issue of HOME POWER magazine and you'll see a number of trackers FOR SALE NOW!

I wonder which politicians son-in-law this company belongs to?

robatnorcross
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robatnorcross   1/2/2013 4:33:35 PM
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Gee, I hate to  throw a cloud over this BUT solar trackers have been available for YEARS. Check out an issue of HOME POWER magazine and you'll see a number of trackers FOR SALE NOW!

I wonder which politicians son-in-law this company belongs to?

GTOlover
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Re: Return on DoE Investment
GTOlover   1/2/2013 4:18:50 PM
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The government (politicians specifically) do have a measure of how wisely money is spent. It is called re-election. We keep re-electing the same crooks and expect them to spend our tax money wisely???

I am always a skeptic, but if this company can build and prove working prototypes then they are worthy of a little research grant money. But the market should determine the cost effectiveness of their technology and not government mandates (or political donations).

Radwan
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Re: Finding a Balance
Radwan   1/2/2013 10:38:02 AM
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Hi

Every body....... where did you think can we get it.....i spent a lot time serching

for a city i did not find it.... What did you think

 

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Radwan
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Re: Finding a Balance
Radwan   1/2/2013 10:38:01 AM
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Hi

Every body....... where did you think can we get it.....i spent a lot time serching

for a city i did not find it.... What did you think

 

Thank You

Radwan
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Re: Finding a Balance
Radwan   1/2/2013 10:38:00 AM
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Hi

Every body....... where did you think can we get it.....i spent a lot time serching

for a city i did not find it.... What did you think

 

Thank You

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