1. They produce SILICON-FREE solar panels used to convert sunlight to electricity;they adopt a new technology called CIGS (copper,indium,gallium,selenide) with a vacuum sputtering process on substrate.The company was started in 1997,and they are "sold out until further notice" actually.
2. -The raw polysilicon shortage has slashed growth for the industry from more than 50% in 2004 to a projected 5% in 2006. -The thin film solar panels on flexible substrate are much thinner and use less raw materials than common silicon solar panels, they can also be installed almost everywhere. -DayStar has achieved 16.9% efficiency for Terrafoil Gen I on 1.1cm square, 13.5% efficiency for Terrafoil Gen II on 14 cm square by continuous processes developed for Gen III , the PVs are self repairing and no toxic materials are used in the manufacturing process. Life expectancy is projected to be 20-30 years. The costs are 2$/watt for terrafoil pvs and 4-10$/watt for lightfoil pvs. -They are creating a new operating division, the Equipment Development Group in Santa Clara, California, in order to accelerate the development of its Generation III roll-to-roll continous production platform. -They retained ownership to intellectual property rights in techhnologies relating to CONCENTRATING PV optics in order to convert heat into electricity (2 us patents, 9 int.patents and 2 int.applications). -There is known R&D happening now to establish 2x, 3x, multi-junction panels (currently used in the space) which if they deliver >30% efficiency they will obsolete the current silicon panels; the timeframe is 2-3 years.
3. They ship monthly products to Blitzstrom (The amended agreement calls for the purchase of up to 130 MW of DayStar's TerraFoil(TM) product through the end of 2010. ) ,a company based in Germany , the world's leader country for solar panels, and to the chinese company MEG too.
4. They hired many new workers (from 10 to 75) and a new vice president of manufacturing that left the solar silicon competitor ESLR for DSTI.
5. At the end of September 2006, Honda began construction of a plant to mass produce CIGS solar cells within the current site of Honda�s Kumamoto factory in Japan. The new facility is expected to become operational in fall 2007 with an annual capacity of 27.5 megawatts.
6. They have a low float of 4.47 millions shares and 6.7 millions outstanding shares; that predicts high volatility. They have a very low Market Cap compared with other solar players, no debts, 10M$ in tax grants, 12M$ in cash and received $1 million from 2007 defense appropriations bill. They completed 15M$ financing. The best strategy is to invest for the long term.
7. The Chairman Tuttle (formerly senior scientist at the NREL) said that "2006 will be our year", he is very confident of having two 10 MW systems up and running in 07, the first in early 07, bringing in up to "$40 million annually" togheter, and easily replicatable up to first, 25 MW, and then 100 MW. They will add a "significant" customer this year.
8. Solar energy is the only way to produce electricity over the long term (1 hour of sunlight worldwide can produce 14 Terawatts, the amount of energy coming from fossil fuels in 1 year) because fossil fuels are running out and they are the cause of wars, terrorism and climate change. Solar can satisfy all the 4 Policy Challenges (Energy Security, National Security, Environmental Security and Economic Security). http://nsl.caltech.edu/energy.html http://www.peakoilcountdown.com/resources/DAYSTAR.htm
Great Info, a few questions: If Honda is also producing CIGS, how can DSTI compete with their limited financial resources? Also, Q-Cells in Germany is heavily going the same route. Do you know how DSTI can compete with them?
Competition won't be a problem, it will be good for DSTI to have competitors: that will prove that the technology is viable and big investors will start to put money in CIGS. The room for growth is also almost unlimited tho. JMO