Oh, no! Alert the conspiracy theorists -- another company that received a Department of Energy loan guarantee has filed for bankruptcy. Beacon Power, a company hoping to make flywheels into energy-storage gold threw in the towel Sunday.
Of course, this follows the highly publicized bankruptcy of Solyndra, the solar manufacturer that built a gaudy manufacturing plant on an unstable business. Beacon's loss won't grab quite as much attention, but the government did throw in $24 million in federal stimulus grant money and $43 million in loan guarantees.
Next up: DOE loans on perpetual motion, cold fusion are in trouble
I've written extensively about the difference between manufacturing loan guarantees like this one and power plant generation loan guarantees that SunPower
Solyndra's technology had very little chance when stacked against falling solar costs for LDK Solar
Who is next?
If we assume the DOE is great at investing in losers, who is next? Ener1 is an easy call and probably won't last much longer. A123 Systems might not be far behind unless demand picks up quickly for the company's batteries. And Tesla Motors