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

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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).

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?

robatnorcross
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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?

GTOlover
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GTOlover   1/2/2013 4:34:58 PM
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Amen!

irishmuse
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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.

 

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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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