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
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
Design engineers play a big role in selecting both suppliers and materials for their designs. Our most recent Design News Materials Survey says they continue to be highly involved, in some ways even more than the last time we asked to peek inside their cubicles.
Daihatsu is one of the first carmakers to customize car exteriors using 3D printing's mass customization capabilities. Effect Skins -- small exterior bumper and fender panels in different colors and textures -- can be ordered for its Copen convertible.
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jul 11 - 15, Embedded System Design Techniques™ - Debugging Real-time Embedded Software – Hands on
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9 | 10


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.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service