Next-generation solar thermal
EcoEarth Reinventing the under-developed solar thermal model
EcoEarth is developing a solar thermal system
engineered specifically for low-skill / low-tech fabrication
Requiring only a basic-skill threshold, production involves minimal light-duty manual labor;
off-grid fabrication is accomplished with solar-rechargeable electric hand-held tools using templates -
with a one-bond adhesive and mistake proof self-locating snap-fit final assembly
Challenging the logic of everything
EcoEarth has achieved the first total re-think of solar thermal technology,
cleanly discarding the industry’s entrenched forty-year-old obsolete concept
of massive monolithic collectors - by re-engineering from the ground up.
EcoEarth is developing a modular array utilizing interlocking micro-collectors;
these laptop-sized collectors are independent ultra-thin-profile units that couple
together to form an assemble-and-install-it-yourself array configuration.
EcoEarth’s signature innovation is its cohere-assembly process which allows
a reduction in size from the conventional collector’s 10 inch thickness down to an
astonishing 3/4” with linear dimensions amazingly reduced from 4’x10’ to 2’x2’.
Conventional systems require extensive packing in hand-built 6’x12’ wood crates
and are restricted to shipping via freight carrier lift-gate equipped trailer trucks.
EcoEarth’s system delivers globally via FedEx/UPS to virtually any destination.
Balcony-mount system ships with 12 collectors inside 2’ square cardboard box;
Install-it-yourself kit provides stored domestic hot water for family of five.
EcoEarth’s second conceptually ingenious innovation is its densely-packed
serpentine style maze-path within each micro-collector; every collector unit’s flow
interconnects in sequence, unifying all collectors, thus forming one continuous
cascading maze-path throughout the entire array - maximizing performance.
Delaying the water within the system dramatically multiplies thermal capture;
conventional collectors are designed for the water to travel in a straight path only
allowing heat to absorb for a few seconds within a 7’ section of copper piping.
EcoEarth’s array retains water for several minutes within 70’ of maze-path -
enabling minimizing of surface area while generating far superior thermal capture.
Integrating the micro-collector’s water flow-path directly into the core of the
substratum transforms the entire collector unit into one composite absorber plate -
creating an extremely efficient heat sink which completely encases the flow.
Radical simplification of everything
Over 70 heavy, bulky and costly parts used in conventional systems are discarded.
Completely eliminated are expensive copper header manifolds, copper riser tubes
and the copper absorber plate, along with the unwieldy 4’x10’ sheet of tempered glass
that is shatter-prone and problematic-to-ship, along with a huge storage tank.
EcoEarth’s re-configured system requires only two identical off-the-shelf components,
with the collector substratum utilizing zero internal components or moving parts.
EcoEarth’s subsequent low-cost purchasability helps ensure rapid scalability while
simultaneously lowering energy consumption and reducing environmental impact.
EcoEarth has re-conceptualized solar thermal in the truly creative,
yet common-sense manner it initially should have been forty years ago.