Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My firm is a potential client for Sunpower’s CryoTel® line of cryocoolers. Where do I get more information?
A: If you have a current need for CryoTel cryocoolers or would like us to develop a cryocooler to meet your needs, please contact us at sunpower.info@ametek.com with your technical and commercial requirements.  To learn more about these products please click here for cryocooler information.

Q: My firm is a potential client for Sunpower’s R&D expertise in free-piston Stirling or linear machines. Where do I get more information?
A: If you have a field of use for Stirling technology, please contact us at sunpower.info@ametek.com with your technical and commercial requirements.

Q: Does Sunpower need an agent/sales representative?
A: Sunpower is not interested in contracted representation at this time.  If you would like to become a member of our team, please contact us at sunpower.jobs@ametek.com.

Q: What is a Stirling Engine?
A: To learn more, click here for a detailed description and computer animation illustrating how the cycle works.

Q: Do you sell solar cells and related equipment?
A: Sunpower’s involvement in the field of solar energy is limited to applications of the Stirling engine. We do not currently have solar energy systems to offer, but Stirling engine technology can be adapted to work extremely well with solar power.

Q: Can I discuss my invention with Sunpower?
A: Sunpower’s most important assets are its staff and its intellectual property, and we respect the rights of others as well.  Sunpower will not discuss non-Sunpower designs, ideas, drawings, engines, or other patentable ideas without a firm prior understanding of the usefulness of the concept to Sunpower and without having completed a confidentiality agreement with all involved parties.  If you have a business proposal related to Sunpower’s technology, please contact us at sunpower.info@ametek.com.

Q: Does Sunpower host tours of their facility?
A: The nature of our work prevents us from offering tours to the general public. We can occasionally provide brief, limited tours to appropriate academic groups; please contact us at sunpower.info@ametek.com to see if a suitable visit can be arranged.

Q: Where can I buy a biomass-fired electric generator?
A: Sunpower focuses on engines and coolers and does not at this time offer a complete, turn-key electric power system. Stirling engine technology, however, can be adapted to work extremely well with biomass power.  Sunpower has development history with biomass fields of use; click here to learn more.

Q: Do you do anything with solar power?
A: Sunpower focuses on engines and coolers and does not at this time offer any power sources or complete, turn-key solar electric power systems. Stirling engine technology, however, can be adapted to work extremely well with solar power.  Sunpower has development history with solar fields of use; click here to learn more.