A revolutionary invention could be a game changer in
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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