2016 International Solar Exhibit

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                                                                                   Sam Shueh

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The annual American Solar Exhibition & Convention for the solar industry was held in San Francisco's Mascone Convention Center last week. I had the best day to attend. In Silicon Valley temperature registered in the low 90s while in San Francisco I enjoyed the 74 deg breeze. 


Germany has stopped subsidize alternative energy program by the government. The Chinese solar panels has taken many jobs away from European manufacturing (see Huawei exhibit below).  This year I did not see a single major German exhibitor showing their technology. That goes concurrently with disappearance of the Bavarian girls serving German beer at the convention.  Middle easterner did not have a single major exhibitor.

                                           hua wei

                                                                          foreign mfg exhibit


However, I noticed there are more solar products this year tailor toward application of the technology. For example, people show the entire parking lot of solar charge system and software. 10 KW batteries are hooked up in series to charge Google, Apple, Tesla, and police station entire parking lots are equipped with quick charge system sustain 20 hours of use.  All made in America!  I saw a Tesla S model being recharged by a solar system to make it 100% green energy. None of these vehicles are unique this year.  So why Elon Musk was not at this show, unimportant to his new solar acquisition?


batteries    solar parking lot

                            electric charge batteries for Apple, Tesla, Google parking lots


One also see drones are used to monitor the effectiveness of solar panels with IR sensor to monitor defective sensors. The problem is the short battery life for a 30 minute flying time.  The exhibitor explained that they have quick release mechanism putting a recharged battery and wireless data transmission images range up to 5 km to map the panel component temperature profile from a drone in a windy day. Software stitches images to form a complete panel mapping while the drone is wobbling. This can be a lucrative solar maintenance company to service school and government offices. The cost of these drones are $8-15K. 

 drones            thermal image

     Solar Panel defect detector drone                                                Thermal image camera system       


One exhibitor told me the current low oil price and ample oil fuel has slowed down the alternative energy activities in recent months. US government agencies and industries are not as motivated to spend with cheaper electricity. Many middle eastern countries like Saudi Arabia now can not afford the capital expenditures with a -15% drop in gpd. Every project is on hold.  Many people do not know how long it will stay on hold. Can be months or years before the oil price goes back up.  Time will tell.



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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Interesting post, and I am glad your went and shared it with us.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Jul 19, 2016 01:52 AM #1
Sam Shueh
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

I got my beer, American Coors from a vendor. Not Bavarian version

ref-thermal ( bottom right) side 1/2 glass.


Jul 19, 2016 01:55 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Hmmmmm...my crystal oil ball is a little foggy...not much solar energy at all ysed here...that too can change.

Jul 19, 2016 12:47 PM #3
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I would liked to have been there. I lived off the grid for a while at mountain property I own. I'm looking at fixing the place up, and adding a newer solar and wind system.

Did you enjoy a German beer?

Jul 22, 2016 09:23 AM #4
Sam Shueh
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Debbie Laity 

They got a smaller drone that scans smaller footprint. Since few solar panel people have drones. I suspect there is a lot money to be made.

I see at discounted tool place for $200 one can buy an independent solar system generating like 1-2KW ideal for your needs....

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