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5292Re: [hreg] Heliotube

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  • Paul Archer
    Dec 1, 2006
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      Yesterday, Bashir Syed wrote:

      > Dear Paul: I looked at the product and called them twice and left the
      > message. Also I sent them an e-mail to respond, but didn't hear from them.
      > I had a few questions for them regarding the technolgy used for PV modules
      > and price in $/Watt. From the looks of the module it appeared to be
      > Thin-Film amorphous type, which although is guaranteed for ten years but
      > starts degarding in performance after sixth year. Since they are for
      > grid-tied use, the tracker seems to be motorized from utility power or
      > some other mechanism. I needed an explanation, but haven't heard from them
      > at all.

      They claim that the tracking mechanism is self-powered, so my guess would be
      that it uses the PV power it generates to move, and some kind of spring
      return mechanism. But I don't know for sure.
      I would give them a week or so to cool down, since there has been a lot of
      press about them lately.


      > Bashir A. Syed
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Paul Archer
      > To: Houston RE Group
      > Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 8:53 AM
      > Subject: [hreg] Heliotube
      > Has anyone looked into these: http://www.practicalinstruments.com/
      > It's a CPV (Concentrating PhotoVoltaic) solution that mounts like a regular
      > flat panel.
      > Paul
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