Who started Nanotech Engineering?
Sudhir Vidyarthi and Tien Nguyen are inventors in the Nanotechnology field. They would experiment with different aspects of the field, and figure out solutions that larger companies couldn’t. They generated revenue for their company, Nanotechnology Parts Inc. by selling parts and pieces to other companies that couldn’t figure out how to make the parts themselves. They wanted their own signature product.
They noticed many trying to solve the Solar “Problem”. They noticed a company in the Solar Industry using the term “Nano” in relation to their Solar Panel, but it wasn’t Nanotechnology at all. It got the pair thinking, how would one solve the solar “problem”? They knew of the conductive properties of Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes. The pair put together a 10-layer Graphene substructure with a Carbon Nanotube Forest on the top, and were not surprised when they saw it was almost very efficient.
They wanted partners who were more business savvy and who could invest money and perfect the panel for market, and shop it to distributors.
More inventors than businessmen, they brought on businessmen David Sweaney and John Army who invested money and brought in experts to prepare the panels for market, and build relationships with Solar Distributors. Today they have a working, ready for market panel that is more efficient than any panel on the market.
What does Nanotech Engineering Inc do?
Nanotech Engineering Inc, is a Nanotechnology Company. At present, they manufacture State of the Art Solar Panels based on our Graphene substructure combined with Carbon Nanotube “Forest”, the final step in the panel is a proprietary mineral solution.
Where is Nanotech Engineering Inc located?
Nanotech Engineering Inc’s is a Delaware Corporation with headquarters in Irvine, California. The company has mastered outsource manufacturing to further reduce costs and speed up the supply chain for on-site production models to produce our panels all over the globe quickly, efficiently and cost effectively. The company has plans for a production facility in Irvine, CA.
How does the Nanopanel™ stack up with Traditional Solar Panels?
The average traditional Solar power system, as of January 2017 is $16,400.00 for a 5kw system, this breaks down to $3.26 a Watt.
The Nanopanel™ system is estimated Retail $5-$7,000.00 for a 10 kw system, cost per watt .35 - 55 cents.
For larger applications, such as commercial, more panels is the solution.
Who is on Nanotech Engineering Inc’s management team?
David Sweaney. President and COO: Born and raised in Southern California, Mr. Sweaney has decades of experience in business ownership. Starting as a teenager, he learned business by working with his uncle. He accumulated wealth and invested in businesses, as well as running them. In 1998, he acquired for a short time exclusive rights from Adidas Corporation to sell Adidas products in North America. as they were in financial trouble, he turned them around with his marketing. He has started Restaurant Chains in advisory capacity. Along with John Army, the team seeks opportunities, invests their own money and bring then to life. Mr. Sweaney has brought his years of business ownership to Nanotech Engineering, a perfect complement to the Companies Scientific personnel. An investor himself in Nanotech Engineering, he saw the Nanopanel™ as the next generation Solar Panel, one that will make solar the norm instead of the exception.
Sudhir Vidyarthi. Vice President, Operations. Born in 1956, and raised in Bombay, India, Sudhir got his Masters in Electrical Engineering, and PHD at UC Santa Barbara. As a young man, he was thrilled with the idea of working and living in America. He legally migrated here in 1985 after being hired by Advanced Mobile Phone Systems to help design our first cellular towers. Fascinated with Technology, he determined SMR would not be a viable technology, but Digital Wireless would be. By 1993 he headed the research team at IBM for the world’s first “Smart Phone”, the “IBM Simon”. Growing bored with the day to day grind at IBM, Sudhir, along with Tien Nguyen for Nanotechnology Parts Inc. with the purpose to produce cutting edge products based on Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes. Sudhir had long known of the conductivity of Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes, he stated "We saw many try different ways to solve the solar problem, we know if we put together a solar panel using the benefits of Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes we'd solve it". They did, it was little surprise when they tested the panel and found it almost 100% efficient. He and Mr. Nguyen are credited with jointly inventing the world’s first solar panel based on Nanotechnology, they called it the Nanopanel™.
John Army. Vice President, Finance. John has long worked with David Sweaney, his “Right Hand Man”. Born in 1973, Army gained his Master’s in Business, and met David Sweaney at Adidas Corporation, a long friendship and collaboration ensued. The two became fast friends, and together a team of consulting and acquiring businesses. John has been a team member with David in most of David’s ventures. What David doesn’t know he passes to John, and vice versa. This experienced business team is exactly what Nanotech Engineering Inc needs to be able to manage the next generation of solar panels.
Tien Nguyen, Chief Scientific Advisor. Mr. Nguyen is an accomplished Scientist, with a PHD in both Mechanical and Chemical Engineering. As a graduate student he became friends with Sudhir Vidyarthi, together they would share theories and ideas on various scientific ideas of the day. Both had an enormous interest in Nanotechnology. Together they formed Nanotechnology IParts Inc., which was later changed to Nanotech Engineering Inc. with the addition of David Sweaney and John Army. The two would produce Nano parts and pieces for larger companies, until the day they invented the world’s first solar panel based on Nanotechnology.
Does Nanotech Engineering Inc have its own manufacturing plant?
Yes and No. Nanotech Engineering Inc makes use of a third party “Contract Manufacturing”. With our process large, costly, wasteful and redundant machinery are simply not necessary for production. Unlike old Solar manufacturing processes our panel is created with a Graphene substrate with Carbon Nanotube forest combined with a layer of our proprietary energy receiving mineral complex. This allows for minimal machinery and the costs that go with it. Our Manufacturing is more "Assembling" than traditional manufacturing. We manipulate Atoms and assemble the resulting panel.
I’ve heard of other Solar Panel companies doing poorly, how is yours different?
You are referring to traditional panels, and here is why some do poorly. Old panels are based on silicon for conductivity, if you’ve ever seen a solar panel production you’ll see endless machinery and endless processes, this all add costs. The traditional panels, in short, puts an array of silicon cells into one large panel, which requires glass, a frame, and since they perform so poorly in the field they must sell cheaply or find another way to supply to resellers. The bloated, old manufacturing process is simply cost prohibitive. So, unless they have some special niche to get large panels to distributors, they will not have customers, and go out of business as we have seen lately.
Other companies have tried doing Solar Panels differently, Solyndra received hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer’s money, the bloated company could not turn a profit and filed for bankruptcy quickly. Yet another tried Solar Panels on a smaller scale, they called themselves “Nano” but didn’t truly use Nanotechnology. Their process was to simply paint a solution of minerals (CIGS) onto an aluminum substrate, this is hardly high tech and hardly nanotechnology. Again, bloated costs for a lightweight, small panel that was less effective than the large panels had no market, so it’s no wonder they didn’t last.
At Nanotech Engineering Inc., we work with Nanotechnology. Our panels are unique, next generation panels. They incorporate Nanotechnology in almost all aspects. Our panels are revolutionary, protected, stronger than steel yet bendable, lightweight and easy to work with. We believe we will be the supplier to the Solar Industry as no one can beat our efficiency, lightweight and cost. We can’t imagine a more efficient panel.
What makes Nanotech Engineering Inc unique?
The key lies in the Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes, both stronger than steel, yet conducts electricity better than Silicon. We make the Carbon Nanotubes by shooting a special array of gases filled with Carbon onto a catalyst plate in an 800-degree furnace. This produces flat “Nanotube Forests”, a Graphene panel with Nanotube Forest on the top. They are called “Forests” for when you look at them under a microscope they resemble a forest, but to scale the trees would be 2 miles high. This is the area we flood with our Proprietary Nano mineral formulation, by doing it this way we have a layer of energy absorbing minerals “Mixed in” with the Nanotube forest yet not combined on the atomic level. The finished product is a layer of a Carbon Nanotube forest “flooded” with a mineral solution.
As the sun hits the panel, the electrons are excited, creating energy, with a negative the electrons move through the Carbon Nanotube forest quickly and then into the Graphene substrate. We get our great efficiency because the electrons move through the Carbon Nanotube Forest so quickly allowing more energy to the Graphene layers and to the battery. Our technology has patent pending protection with many different applications for this panel for protection worldwide.
Where will Nanotech Engineering Inc panels be the most efficient?
Clearly parts of the world where they sun is frequent is ideal, however an enormous benefit of high receptivity is that we can place our panels in less than ideal climates.
Traditional Solar Panels in consistent, good sunlight can provide up to 20% efficiency, however move them to less than ideal climates and they are barely working if at all.
We are expecting our supply chain to be shipping to parts of the world that would otherwise not think of using Solar Panels for electricity. This is a huge benefit for clean energy, and to those who look to a world that is powered by Solar. To put our panels in places where the Sun is infrequent, yet still get adequate performance opens many new markets to us.
What are Nanotech Engineering Inc’s efforts to minimize its environmental impact?
The beginning to end production footprint of a Nanotech Engineering Inc Solar Panel is the lowest in the solar industry for both carbon dioxide and toxic emissions. The production of traditional solar panels is taxing on the environment, from breaking down silicon, to the production of the machines they use, the benefits of solar are almost negated by their manufacturing. We have the lowest in the Solar Industry because of our manufacturing process, no furnaces breaking down silicon, no factory use of heavy machinery from polluting factories, many would be surprised to see our process which involves Graphene, Carbon Nanotubes, Mineral solution, braces, wires.
There is no one in the Solar Industry that can compete with us in regard to carbon dioxide and toxic emissions of production. If the Environment is of concern to you, you should be excited about our production process.
What is LCOE?
There are a number of ways to measure the relevant costs affiliated with generating that kWh of electricity purchased by consumers, be it residential, commercial or industrial – but one most commonly used method involves measuring the “levelized cost of energy” (LCOE). It examines the costs –excluding the effects of any subsidies or support mechanism- associated with generating clean energy from various technologies. LCOE seeks to take into account all projects costs and financial assumptions over the lifetime of a project.
Our cost per kWh of electricity is once again the lowest, by far, in the industry.
Definition of some of the terms we use
Carbon Nanotube A molecule of carbon that is arraigned in a way to increase its strength by turning it into a tube-like structure. Carbon Nanotubes are stronger than steel, yet are bendable, both electrical and heat conductive, making them the ideal material for Solar Panels.
Graphene A one atom thick sheet of Carbon Nanotubes often in the form of fullerenes or buckyballs or buckytubes. Graphene is found in everything from Head Tennis Racquets to our Solar Panels, the applications are near endless.
Carbon Nanotube Forest Carbon Nanotubes can be manipulated into many different forms. A forest is an outgrowth of individual tubes on a substrate that get taller and taller. Under a microscope they appear as a wood forest, to scale however the “trees” would be the equivalent of 200 feet or higher though they can grow taller. This allows for other materials to be as close to the nanotubes without altering its atomic structure.
Carbon A element that forms organic compounds in combination with hydrogen, oxygen, etc. It occurs in a pure state as diamond and graphite, and in an impure form as charcoal. Diamonds are made from Carbon, it’s this atomic strength that is passed on to Carbon Nanotubes.
More definitions are found at Nano.gov, https://www.nano.gov/about-nni/glossary