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NEW WEALTH: "Solar Surfacing" - Solar Paneling for Multiple Types of Surfaces

Updated on September 23, 2014
Futuristic Solar Garage with Electric Car
Futuristic Solar Garage with Electric Car
Traditional Solar-Powered Car
Traditional Solar-Powered Car

From cars to garages to the roofs of houses, the untapped world of "solar surfacing" can provide many financial opportunities of income and savings. Any surface can be fitted with paneling. Solar surfacing is the task of adding solar panels to the surface (tops and/or sides) of structures or objects. Engineering variations of solar paneling (i.e. weight, size, material, etc.) on the surfaces of various products must be explored further.

As opposed to using traditional electric power systems or grids which consists of transmitting volts of current throughout a closed network, solar paneling uses a set of photovoltaic modules (natural light electricity-generating panels) that are connected and mounted for unobstructed solar reception. Solar energy receives heat from the sun's solar waves during the day and harnesses the energy to create electricity. The amount of energy charged or received over a period of time will determine the length of time and wattage of electricity that can be provided. Solar paneling is described below.

“A photovoltaic module is a packaged, connected assembly of solar cells. The solar panel can be used as a component of a larger photovoltaic system to generate and supply electricity in commercial and residential applications. Each module is rated by its DC output power under standard test conditions (STC), and typically ranges from 100 to 320 watts. The efficiency of a module determines the area of a module given the same rated output - an 8% efficient 230 watt module will have twice the area of a 16% efficient 230 watt module. A single solar module can produce only a limited amount of power; most installations contain multiple modules. A photovoltaic system typically includes a panel or an array of solar modules, an inverter, and sometimes a battery and/or solar tracker and interconnection wiring.”1

Singular Solar Module System
Singular Solar Module System

It is important to note that since energizing solar panels does take time to complete, many individuals veer away from solar energy. Solar energy, including solar paneling, is cumbersome to many individuals. However, this assessment of utilizing solar energy is based one's insufficient information and experience with solar paneling. Plugging your electricity into an electric outlet is just so quick and easy – but also increasingly expensive and can be hazardous to one's health.

High-voltage electric power transmission, present within magnetic fields of electrical grids, can produce bouts of radiation (electromagnetic radiation).2 Radiation causes cancer. Radiation can break down the bonds within necessary human bio-chemicals and hormones, causing dysfunction of organs in the body. High levels of carcinogens (radiation; cancer causing substances) in the human body are difficult to detect and may become the foundation for fatal cancer immediately or over time. Use of many electric appliances or systems from standard electric outlets in the home (i.e. microwaves, convection heaters, etc.) will increase the amount of electric power transmission experienced by you and your family. High-voltage electric power transmission can also increase chances of harm by lightning and fires.

The solar paneling of various surfaces is a simple, safe and a cheaper method of getting the electricity you need. Solar recycling ensures that the parts of your solar module systems can be reused. At $0.60 per watt, the majority of cost for maintaining solar modules is allocated to installations. Over time your cost savings of using solar panels, as opposed to electric power grids, will increase. Increased individual preferences for solar cars, solar garages, solar siding, etc., is likewise increasing the demand and marketability for solar-surfaced real estate and products.

Elegant Solar Home
Elegant Solar Home
Solar Boat
Solar Boat
Solar Airplane
Solar Airplane

Quality solar surfacing of residential and commercial properties is of increasing demand. Property owners are not just interested in cutting electricity costs, but also seeking artistic designs for maintaining and safeguarding their solar module systems around their homes and properties. Since the minimal surface area of roofs offer, in many cases, insufficient quantities of solar panels, architects and home designers must be more creative in their blueprint designs. Many property owners are exploring solar mining possibilities to maximize the solar energy produced for rental or resale.

Solar surfacing endeavors for hospitals, schools, restaurants, boats, trains, space shuttles, planes, buses, bikes, furniture, equipment and materials, technology hardware, robots, etc., can all be financially rewarding and very profitable. Keep in mind that solar surfacing can be on the top of the unit and on the sides as well. The creation of more versatile forms of solar paneling for softer surfaces, such as plastics or fabrics, is quite innovative and usable. For example, a fabric to facilitate solar surfaces when traveling, such as a bag or backpack, can be charged or energized while worn during the day. Maximizing solar absorption for smaller surfaces can also prove to be a success. Creating products that subtly display their solar absorption activities will be appealing to many individuals.

Solar Hand Bag
Solar Hand Bag
Solar Headphones
Solar Headphones

Which type of solar surfacing will you be most interested in exploring?

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One of the most important components of solar surfacing is educating and supporting individuals in solar energy’s advantages and disadvantages, towards inducing curiosity and creativity for solar energy. Current limitations of solar paneling, for example, can be improved, paving the way for advanced uses of solar surfacing in accordance with space technologies, medical technologies and underground housing, among other advacements. The inception of colleges to explore such knowledge and creativity will benefit our society, culture and future. Solar system engineers, scientists, researchers, mathematicians, architects, financiers, etc., will learn and impart their knowledge and skills to strengthen our economic outlook into the future. Museums and libraries can showcase the potential of solar surfacing and its impact on the earth. Magazines and other information mediums will keep us interested in solar surfacing for years to come. The untapped world of solar surfacing is literally brimming with opportunities.

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