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Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:57 pm PostPost subject: www.strep.ie
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The company 'SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH PARTNERS LIMITED', alias 'Strep' was founded in June 2006, just before the Steorn public announcements. The founder of Strep, a scientist who worked for the Trinity Institute in Dublin, was involved as consultant (from his new Strep company) in the initial 'scientific' testing of the Orbo technology, presumably confirming the claimed phenomena. He may also have played a role in the persuasion of the investors in Steorn.

His involvement was explained by Steorn in the SPDC (with the explicit note he is not one of the jurors), where also a Q&A with him was promised (that may have never taken place). Earlier his name was mentioned by Steorn to Mrs. Crank at her first visit to Steorn HQ, which was one of the reasons for her to believe in the reality of Steorn. Since then he disappeared from the Steorn front, maybe (understandable) afraid for possible public exposure that could harm his reputation.

Maybe he is just another victim of Steorn, but after checking the renewed Strep webpage I got this deja-vu feeling.

http://www.strep.ie/home.htm

Looks like Strep is into another 'breakthrough energy technology'. Something more realistic than OU (which investors should know by now doesn't work), it's about a revolutionary solar cell production method. As one must understand the renewable energy market is booming right now, against a crashing stock market, because of the new heights of oil prices. Very good timing indeed.

Strep is about IP, no real products (does that ring a bell?).

The homepage looks very much like the one of Steorn. Very weak technical content, full focus on marketing. Even an outreach and educational events page (now it's the kids, not the poor Africans). And the usual name dropping, including the IP consultants (but excluding content people).

Same pattern all over again. Same proven business model. They may be victim of Steorn, but could Steorn be the real victim?

(of course it could all be a matter of painful coincidence)
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Interesting. Certainly not the outrageous physics-breaking claims made by Steorn. The approach is similar though. Colour me skeptical/neutral (not cynical). The Irish do seem to have a knack for relieving investors of excess pocketbook weight.

Too bad they don't have a forum Wink . Maybe they plan on having one so they hired Crank away from Steorn by doubling her salary. Unfortunately two times zero is still zero Laughing
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Solar Cell printing is a viable product.

http://www.nanosolar.com/blog3/

Printing them on inkjet printers is just inane. The world consumers need packaged alternatives like These Solar Cell Products

Then they can make educated decisions on what to do.

For instance 15x15 foot area (225 Feet) of the cheaper cells would produce 1125 watts or 1.125KW every minute the sun was out for an initial cost of about $5K. That could power 8 rooms with 60w light bulbs and still have 645W left over to run the refrigerator. The problem is in the efficiency of the inverters. A typical UPS system for a computer is only 65% efficient. The more efficient, the more expensive. Even with the complete packages available and companies like mine prepared to do the installations the cost is still too high. Hopefully Nanosolar will make some headway into the cost and break some barriers. They have the capital, technology and desire to do so.

Consumers printing their own cells? Hobbyists perhaps.

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Harvey wrote:
Solar Cell printing is a viable product.


It's not the solar cell technology I'm being skeptical about Wink

In fact I have a 500 Wp conventional polycrystalline solar panel system on my roof, grid connected, compensating for the energy consumption of my computers.
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Solar Cell printing is a viable product.


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I saw no claims about printing solar panels on inkjet printers, or any other home printer. STREP talks about 'screen printing'. This suggests technology similar to silk screening which is used to stencil words and pictures onto T-shirts. Silk screening started off as an industrial process, but is more widely used nowadays.

STREP is seeking investment to develop their wet solar cells to dry, spray-on or painted solar cells.

IMO, it's a doable step to go from screen printing to spraying/painting a solar sensitive film.

STREP's acknowledgement that their wet solar cells are only 40% as efficient as current silicon cells lends some credibility. Scam artists are unlikely to point out the deficiencies in their technology.

STREP's focus is not on super-efficient solar cells. On the contrary, they are willing to compromise efficiency by focussing on reducing production costs significantly.

Assuming STREP is legitimate (which it may not be), it's a very high-risk business investment. The investment term is 'venture capital'. Even sophisticated private investors allocate only about 5% of their portfolio to venture capital. It's like betting on a long shot in a horse race. The ordinary investor should treat this kind of investment like the plague.
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I did some research on Dr. Mazhar Bari. I've concluded that Dr. Bari, and by extension, STREP, are legitimate.

Dr. Bari has excellent scientific and personal pedigree. His expertise in Thin Film Deposition comes from years of research. His personal involvement in the community is impeccable.

These are the things I found.

* In 2000, he presented a paper in Vilnius, Lithuania at a conference titled "Thin Film Deposition of Oxide Multilayers Industrial-Scale Processing. His paper was "Thin Films of Sr2FeMoO6, Deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition".

* In 2003 he was co-author of a paper "Growth and Investigation of Oxide Heterostructures containing Half-Metallic Fe3O4" presented at the Science24.com conference.

* In 2007 he participated in a conference at the Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique at the Universite Bordeaux.

* In 2007 he took a 1 year sabbatical from CRANN (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructure and Nanodevices) to set up a consultancy company STREP to develop new energies.

* In 2004 he finished 7th in an election to fill 6 seats in Ballybrack Dun Laoghuire Rathdown County Council.

* The Irish government nominated him to be the Irish representative on the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance. He has been active in that role.

* He is on the steering committee for EU Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008.

Dr. Bari's past research are directly linked to the STREP solar technology.



Compare this to Sean McCarthy.

* An engineer who once worked for Alstom who verified the discovery of a free-energy phenomenon while partners/workers were doing stuff on wind turbines. Bwaahaahaa.

Comparing Sean McCarthy to Mazhar Bari is liked comparing a three-legged, one-eyed mongrel cur to a prize-winning purebred.
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Yeah...Sean may be more akin to Thomas Edison who felt he needed no degrees. After all, you can always hire a scientist (or 24 as the case may be) when you need them. Wink
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