Just how China accomplished that and why it did is still a matter of concern and debate among U.
Technology[ edit ] Solyndra designed, manufactured, and sold solar photovoltaic PV systems composed of panels and mounting hardware for large, low-slope commercial rooftops. The panels perform optimally when mounted horizontally and packed closely together, the company claimed, covering significantly more of the typically available roof area and producing more electricity per rooftop on an annual basis than a conventional panel installation.
The panels were made of racks of cylindrical tubes also called tubular solar panelsas opposed to traditional flat panels. Solyndra rolled its CIGS thin films into a cylindrical shape and placed 40 of them in each 1-meter-bymeter panel. Solyndra designers thought the cylindrical solar panels absorbed energy from any direction direct, indirect, and reflected light.
On top of the CIGS material, it added an "optical coupling agent", which concentrates the sunlight that shines through the outer tube. After inserting the inner tube into the outer tube, each cylinder is filled with a silicone oil then sealed with glass and metal to exclude moisture, which erodes CIGS's performance.
The hermetic sealing technology is commonly used in fluorescent lamps. Solyndra's on-line energy modeling solar panel manufacturing business plan allowed designers to specify the roof albedo, and energy output varied as a function of albedo.
Twenty percent is cited as typical figure and was validated by careful testing and modeling by the Fraunhofer Institute, among others. However, this report is not available on-line. The other advantage claimed by the company was that the panels did not have to move to track the Sun.
The panels are always presenting some of their face directly perpendicular to the Sun. The Solyndra panels allow wind to blow through them. According to the company, these factors enable the installation of PV on a broader range of rooftops without anchoring or ballastwhich are inherently problematic.
Solyndra claimed that wind and snow loads are negligible and that its panels are lighter in weight per area. However, calculating from the data provided shows the high-end panel has a field efficiency of about 8. The company stated the total count was 14 systems and that these systems were each instrumented with sensitive radiationwind speed, temperature, and humidity measurement devices to aid in the development of energy yield forecasting software tools.
The company's website claimed there were more than 1, Solyndra systems installed around the world, representing megawatts of power. According to an initial public offering by the company, the combined annual production capacity of the plants was projected to be megawatts by After expanding production in the company announced on 3 November that it was mothballing its older plant, Fab 1, and postponing expansion of recently opened Fab 2, giving it an annual production capacity of about megawatts.
Market conditions were cited, with conventional solar modules manufactured in China by low-cost producers such as Suntech and Yingli offering stiff competition.
The operation of the facility would create over 1, jobs in the United States. The installation of these panels would create hundreds of additional jobs in the United States. The commercialization of this technology was expected to be then duplicated in multiple other manufacturing facilities.
On November 3,Solyndra said it would lay off around 40 employees and not renew contracts for about temporary workers as a result of the consolidation. Seagate purchased the facility in Zients that the plan should be cleared with the Department of Justice first, which the Department of Energy had not done.
The emails also revealed that, as early as Augustan aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had asked a Department of Energy official if he could discuss any concerns among the investment community about Solyndra but that the official dismissed the idea that Solyndra had financial problems.
Walrath of the U. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware ruled "that the evidence does not support a finding that the principal purpose of the plan was tax avoidance.
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Solyndra was a manufacturer of cylindrical panels of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film solar cells based in Fremont, iridis-photo-restoration.comgh the company was once touted for its unusual technology, plummeting silicon prices led to the company's being unable to compete with conventional solar panels made of crystalline silicon.
The company filed for bankruptcy on September 1,