HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Engineering Materials

Green Power Breaks Records in the West

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Page 1/8  >  >>
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Natural Resources
Ann R. Thryft   6/18/2013 12:14:45 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree that for consumer or commercial buyers, higher quality is better. And I was afraid you'd say that, Mydesign--that the "cheapest is best" philosophy is so widespread. Apparently, from the manufacturer's/seller's standpoint it makes for higher profits.

Mydesign
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Natural Resources
Mydesign   6/17/2013 11:31:31 PM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
"I think part of the problem is also because consumers, at least here in the US, have been taught that cheap is good and cheapest is best."

Ann, that's there everywhere. Those who are going behind such cheap goods have only some short term goals.  But for long term goals, only quality products can sustain and have better yield.



Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Natural Resources
Ann R. Thryft   6/13/2013 12:32:18 PM
NO RATINGS
Mydesign, some Chinese manufacturers do make quality products. There are many of these products in the US. There are also many cheaply made, poorly made products that don't last or even work right. A similar range of quality used to exist in the US, before most of our manufacturing went to China. The difference depends at least partly on what the US-based/global company requires of those manufacturers. I have noticed that the low end of "cheaply made/doesn't work right" products has dropped even lower since we offshored so much manufacturing. I think part of the problem is also because consumers, at least here in the US, have been taught that cheap is good and cheapest is best.

Mydesign
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Natural Resources
Mydesign   6/13/2013 4:40:04 AM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
"Those USA companies were killed due to China prices. Perhaps, if the panels are cheap enough from China... then the ROI will be short. And the world will benefit."

Cabe, when we compare Chinese and rest of the world products in terms of price and quality, always china is out of the list. They cannot make quality products at a dam cheap price.



Mydesign
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Natural Resources
Mydesign   6/13/2013 4:37:53 AM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
Ann, please. We are eager to know about your findings.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Natural Resources
Cabe Atwell   6/11/2013 4:13:56 PM
NO RATINGS
I am looking forward to your findings.

C

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Natural Resources
Ann R. Thryft   6/11/2013 3:04:29 PM
NO RATINGS
Stay tuned, Cabe. I'm working on a blog about China's solar panels, price consequences, etc.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Natural Resources
Cabe Atwell   6/10/2013 7:44:23 PM
NO RATINGS
Mydesign,

Those USA companies were killed due to China prices.

Perhaps, if the panels are cheap enough from China... then the ROI will be short. And the world will benefit.

However, ROI has to factor in the energy used to produce the panel.

C

Mydesign
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Natural Resources
Mydesign   5/31/2013 3:59:01 AM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
"After the 6 year wait period, how much longer will those panels function? Will maintenance be costly to a point where the only option is to junk the panel? Keep in mind, after 6 years or a decade, parts may be impossible to come by"

Cabe, what I understood is under normal situation, panels can function well up to 20 years. But the tubular battery has to be replacing once in 5 years and other electronics parts like UPS/Inverter functionality cannot be predictable.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Natural Resources
Cabe Atwell   5/30/2013 12:32:34 AM
NO RATINGS
Mydesign,

After the 6 year wait period, how much longer will those panels function? Will maintenance be costly to a point where the only option is to junk the panel? Keep in mind, after 6 years or a decade, parts may be impossible to come by. If you bought a panel from USA based Solyndra or Flebeg Solar U.S. Corp, you are out of luck. They both went bankrupt.

I would like to know if solar is useful or not. I will have to do some research... (I'll make a post too)

C

Page 1/8  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Engineering Materials
A lightweight electric urban concept car designed by several European companies weighs only 992 lb without its battery. It would have weighed 26.7 lb more if its windows were made of glass instead of the specially coated LEXAN polycarbonate resin from SABIC Innovative Plastics.
Skylar Tibbits' team in MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is now 4D printing self-assembling shapes made of programmable carbon composites and custom wood grain. The composites are being used in a sport car airfoil, and the wood grain is beautiful.
The NanoSteel Company has produced high-hardness ferrous metal matrix composite (MMC) parts using a new nanosteel powder in a one-step 3D-printing process. Parts are 99.9% dense, crack-free, and with wear resistance comparable to M2 tool steels.
After a year or so of missteps, false starts, retractions, and postponements, inkjet office printer giant Hewlett-Packard has finally revealed just what it plans to do in 3D printing.
The company that brought you 3D-printed eyeglasses has launched both an improved clear polymer material for 3D printing optical components and a high-speed, precision, 3D-printing process for making small- and medium-sized batches in a few days.
Design News Webinar Series
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Dec 1 - 5, An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service