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Focused Sun LLC

Focused Sun makes solar factories aimed at midsize US cities. Our factories make solar panels that deliver heat and electricity 24 hours a day.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Industrial/Energy
  • Location Las Cruces, NM, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded December 2009
  • Employees 7
  • Incorporation Type LLC
  • Website focused-sun.com

Company Summary

Focused Sun provides stable solar energy for utilities. Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels only provide electricity during daylight hours. Utilities need evening electricity, not noon-day electricity. Our system stores energy as heat that generates electricity day or night. In addition we deliver 70% of the sun's energy instead of 18% as PV panels do. Low-grade heat provides energy for desalination, space heating, space cooling and process heat.

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    Amir Abtahi
    Consultant

    Abtahi teaches solar energy and thermal engineering at Florida Atlantic University, is the Director of the Solar and Fuel Cell Laboratory at FAU, CEO of Geo Solar Energy (Boca Raton, FL), where he works on both PV and solar thermal projects world-wide. He has designed and installed over 500 solar energy systems and won the Florida Governor’s Award in Florida's solar competition. His MS and PhD degrees from MIT are in mechanical engineering .

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    Doug Turner
    Consultant

    Doug Turner is a manufacturing expert for Flextronics, the world’s largest contract manufacturer. He has over 20 years of managing design for manufacturing, the last 5 years as Global DFMA Lead for Flextronics accounts Sony and Microsoft. Turner was a manager at Flextronics Design Center, Flextronics Automotive, Flextronics Consumer Digital and Flextronics Mobile. Turner founded two Silicon Valley startups in voice recognition.

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    President

    Buckley led the development of the MIT-Chevron solar module. His MIT group pioneered sandwich fabricated solar panels that could be made cheaply in local factories. He was an ME professor at MIT, Berkeley, UCLA and Huazhong UST, has 26 US patents, started 3 Silicon Valley startups, wrote McGraw-Hill's most successful solar energy book. His expertise is in thermal systems and manufacturing with a PhD from Berkeley summa cum laude.

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    Frank Pope
    Advisor

    Frank Pope has 30 years experience in structured finance, venture capital, and private equity. He is senior counsel to Business Sustainability Network (San Francisco, CA). Pope was a founding general partner of Technology Funding Inc. (San Mateo, CA), a $325 million venture capital firm. He was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. Pope is a Stanford grad, a CPA and a member of the California bar.

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    Ron Petrich
    Consultant

    Ron Petrich designed the MIT solar module and productized the MIT/Chevron solar panel. His company, Vanguard Energy made and sold thousands of solar panels on commercial buildings in California. Petrich is a cogeneration consultant for SoCal Gas and the Mexican government; he consults for Capstone Turbine where he trained mechanical distributors in the U.S. and Mexico. He has designed dozens of cogen systems varying in size from 100 kW to 1 MW.

Advisors

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    Mario Rosati, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati
    Lawyer
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Previous Investors

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    Rene Francis, Stockholm SW
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    Jesus Barrera, Monterrey MX
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    Chris Ryall, Wuhan CH
    Unconfirmed