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george.leopold
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re: Making the machines that make solar cells
george.leopold   4/9/2012 9:22:53 PM
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Twin Creeks claims, and it's shown in the video, that the thinner the solar cells, the more flexible they become. Watch the video and judge for yourself.

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R0ckstar   4/9/2012 9:05:51 PM
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They say they can put the US back into the solar business. How? By selling China the hammer to nail our coffin shut? China is the one buying all their machines.

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Andrzej11   4/9/2012 9:02:34 PM
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Sure, thinner cells will reduce the amount of polysilicon you need, but the breakage rates will soar. Have they done anything to address that?

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EVVJSK0   4/9/2012 8:03:41 PM
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If U.S. companies can get within 10 - 15% on cost and there is a big MADE IN USA on the box, then U.S. buyers will likely buy American. Many will not pay 25% more (or more) just to buy American. With cost of shipping rising, hopefully U.S. job applicants and companies will be happy with jobs and some profit. Time will tell.

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goafrit   4/9/2012 6:47:37 PM
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If Facebook is paying $1b for Ingtaram? a photo sharing app, why waste time making solar cell making tool? I is a very unbalanced world now.

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loptide   4/9/2012 5:50:35 PM
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The U.S. jobs angle is nice for marketing and article titles-- and that's about all it's worth. Semiconductor production tools are an international market. A pilot plant in Mississippi is good. But the same solar cell lines will be set up in China. So how's going to be any different than what happened with more traditional Si solar cell production? I'm all for lower cost solar cells, but the cited associated potential U.S. jobs are rather unlikely to materialize.

george.leopold
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george.leopold   4/9/2012 5:44:41 PM
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Nope. Company executives said the two earlier versions were prototypes, and that they wanted to have a production version ready to go when Twin Creeks went public with the system in March. I believe they were also setting up and fine-tuning their production facility just outside Memphis. During my visit, Siva Sivaram was able to show me the shop floor via closed-circuit TV camera from his office in San Jose.

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mcgrathdylan   4/9/2012 5:22:28 PM
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Very interesting. I am curious: if this is the third generation of the tool, did they have customers for the first two generations?

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rick merritt   4/9/2012 4:56:50 PM
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A good example that great ideas know no geographic boundaries, and US entrepreneurs have their share of them given the nurturing environment here--and the good latte!

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junko.yoshida   4/9/2012 3:35:14 PM
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Making the machines that make solar cells -- it's a fascinating story. I wonder how big an investment Twin Creeks has made thus far to develop and make Hyperion. More importantly, though, just to be a devil's advocate, I wonder why he makes Hyperion here in the United States, rather than in China, where the demand seems to be much bigger.

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