Did Henry Chiang make coal and oil obsolete? “Chinese researcher unveils nighttime solar energy”

By Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe, January 20, 2011

This is now the second time we’ve seen a “nighttime solar energy” pick from the folks at Angel Publishing — last time it was for a solar spray-on film innovation, in a pitch for Green Chip Stocks Premium where they claimed that a company had “perfected sunless solar,” and this time it’s a pitch from Alternative Energy Speculator for a battery company that lets us use “solar at night.”

Here’s how this latest ad launches into our noggins:

“Chinese Researcher Unveils Nighttime Solar Energy At Private Investment Conference

“On July 12th, Henry Chiang presented the world with a way to power entire countries using solar at night…

“His secret technology, and the tiny startup firm that owns it, could earn you the easiest $131,500 you’ve ever made.”

I almost stopped reading right there, because, well, I really really really want to make an easy $132,000. But perhaps I can settle for a touch less? Let’s see who this Henry Chiang is, and what the stock is that Nick Hodge is teasing us about.

(And yes, I know that Nick Hodge was also the one who played a big role in pumping up the share price of AEHI, the nuclear scam, before it got shut down by the SEC … I’ll be generous and assume that he got buffaloed by that one in his excitement to tell an enriching story, he has, to be fair, also teased some ideas that turned out well).

So here’s what happened at this “unveiling:”

“… on July 12, 2010, he delivered a 23-minute speech in which he unveiled a technology he’d been waiting for the perfect time to reveal.

“So, as nearly every member at the Global Hunter Securities Conference sat on the edges of their seats, Henry Chiang described several key details of a project he’d been working on for years…

“A viable way to use solar power at night.”

Huh? Makes you wonder why none of us heard about this incredible-sounding project, eh?

Hodge goes on to tell us some of what many have probably already heard about solar power — that the sun is powerful enough to easily supply all the energy the planet needs, but that it hasn’t been stored efficiently enough to get anywhere near that promise, and that energy storage will be a key area of investment in the decade ahead. Stands to reason, after all — one of the key problems with solar and wind power is that it’s not constant, like burning coal can be, so you need some way to store energy, something the regular power grid really just can’t do.

And we’ve seen plenty of promises about energy storage — most rely on batteries, as you might expect, and on advancing into more and more efficient and cost-effective battery designs, but there are other ideas too, including hydro storage (pumping water into a dam, then feeding the water back through the dam to run turbines when needed) and flywhee