Excerpt from http://news.discovery.com/tech/solar-power-cells-underground.html:
by Eric Bland
Raymond Saluccio is the CEO of New Jersey based EarthSure, a company that recently announced its own plan to route light, be it from the sun or incandescent light bulbs, using fiber optic cables connected to underground solar panels.
"We don't even have to put the fiber optics on a roof," said Saluccio "We can put our fiber optics cables in the lawn, on a tree, even indoors."
Instead of generating power on the surface of the fiber optic cable, the light would travel to submarine-shaped capsules buried several feet underground.
Homes could be powered by six-foot-long systems, while businesses would need a pod up to 20 feet long and 10 feet in diameter.
"Putting the panels underground we can make them out of cheaper materials because they don't have to stand up to heat, cold, rain, hail, or sleet," said Saluccio.
Until EarthSure can raise more funds to develop a prototype device or Wang creates a start up company to produce and market, concealed solar panels will remain out of reach for most consumers.
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EarthSure, a small renewable energy company based in New Jersey, announced a patent pending project that uses subterranean solar panels to create solar power.
The panels are buried in a sealed chamber three to four feet underground, which EarthSure says produces the ultimate atmosphere for light absorption, as it protects the solar panels from the elements and contamination, aiding in better electrical output and making the modules essentially maintenance free. SubSolar’s optical eye also follows the sun, gathering direct sunlight throughout the day.
EarthSure founder and Chief Executive Raymond Saluccio told Natural Gas Week that one of the system’s best features is the one people don’t see, as the small optical device placed on rooftops and the solar panels buried underground do not create the unsightly appearance that conventional rooftop solar panels can.
For example, Saluccio noted that homeowners associations often reject applications for rooftop solar installations for not being aesthetically cohesive with surrounding homes. And Santa Monica, California, recently passed a city ordinance that requires solar equipment to be installed in a location that is least visible from the street, with the provision that the cost of the solar equipment is not significantly increased or the energy performance is not significantly reduced compared to a location that is more visible from the street.
“As more codes come out, I think we will be pushed to put solar arrays underground.” Saluccio said, “People may love solar, but do not enjoy that they have to look at these installations."
Solar companies have been trying to bypass the negative
Alexandra Benedetto, Washington
|Reproduced with permission from Energy Intelligence for EarthSure.
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Looking to improve the cost efficiency and aesthetics of solar power, a New Jersey company, EarthSure, has decided that solar panels should be buried in the earth.
No they’re not trying to win the “renewal energy miscalculation” award, they have developed a way to funnel solar light to the buried panels, which would gather solar power from the transported light (like solar tubes). The new operation would be unseen, and would not require that rooftops be converted into glassy conversation pieces.
Homeowner’s associations listen up:
“No unsightly above-ground solar panels need to be used anymore. This is an enhancement not only in economics and in the green movement, but a great technological improvement in the area of design and construction as well,” the company reports in a news release.
By Leslie Berliant on September 10, 2009
Remember Ray Saluccio, the guy who started EarthSure Renewable Energy and invented the solar dumpster? When I talked to him a few months ago, he mentioned some new renewable energy products in the works. And like with the S.E.E.D.S. solar dumpster system, Saluccio is taking something that contributes to urban blight and turning it into a source for renewable energy.
Yesterday, EarthSure announced Saluccio’s latest invention; WindAir. It’s a system for reusing the exhausted air flow from central air conditioning condenser units and transforming it into renewable energy. And anyone who grew up in a house with central air knows there’s a lot of hot air there to be captured!