Saturday, January 21, 2012

patentECO - Solyndra, Neither Clean Nor Green

Solyndra, Neither Clean Nor Green
We learned last night that a local CBS affiliate has caught Solyndra employees trashing millions of dollars worth of new, specialized German glass tubes used in solar panel manufacturing. Hundreds of thousands of tubes, valued at approaching $10 million. According to CBS, “court documents reveal the company received permission from the bankruptcy trustee to abandon the high grade glass, the court agreeing that it was of “inconsequential value” because the cost of storing them exceeds their value.”
The Washington Times reports that “[t]he head of a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee investigating the collapse of solar panel maker Solyndra said Friday that tapes showing company workers destroying inventory were “an outrage.”

“First we learn of the ridiculous request for $500,000 in Solyndra bonuses. Now we find out that these employees are apparently destroying millions of dollars worth of equipment,” said Rep. Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican and chairman of the committee’s investigations panel.”

Looks like destroying the evidence.  What no opportunity to recycle, reuse, repurpose here? 
From our patentECO clean technology definition, emphasis added:
“Clean technologies use less material, less energy, minimize waste, or lessen negative environmental consequences . . . maintains a focus on efficient and productive use of natural and man-made resources in a sustainable manner, targeting human needs and desired products and services, while conserving resources and the environment so that these needs and desires may be met both now and in the future.”
Solyndra, the bankruptcy trustees, the court, and the Obama administration that facilitated this outrageous waste of money called Solyndra — hypocrites all.