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UPDATE: this has been de-bunked by people that know much more about the way solar operates than this 13 year old kid.

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Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d View Post
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Essential summary:

He's comparing arrangements of solar panels to maximize total electricity output

One is a conventional, flat, 45°-tilted (roughly latitude), south-facing array

The other is an oddly-arranged "tree" with panels facing all directions: up, down, towards a wall... (some Fibonacci mysticism involved here)

(Writeup has photos of both setups, and graphs of data)

Both experiments have equal numbers and types of solar cells

He measures the (open circuit) output voltage over the cells connected in series

He thinks the "tree" is superior (generates more electricity) than the optimal flat array


This is, I'm sad to say, clear nonsense. I'll take this in two parts: one, why his experiment is, unfortunately, completely broken (sorry again). Two, why the imagined result is impossible nonsense.
This is a rather interesting that it got national media attention and is now being called out by actual scientists.


AS REPORTED IN NATIONAL MEDIA:
13-Year-Old Uses Fibonacci Sequence For Solar Power Breakthrough

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"An anonymous reader tips news of 7th grader Aidan Dwyer, who used phyllotaxis — the way leaves are arranged on plant stems in nature — as inspiration to arrange an array of solar panels in a way that generates 20-50% more energy than a uniform, flat panel array. Aidan wrote, "
Source:
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/1...r-Breakthrough
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post #2 of 91
It's crazy how efficient nature is.
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Amazing nobody has thought of that! Especially people who do R&D for solar panels as a career!!

Trumped by a 7th grader!!
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Amazing nobody has thought of that! Especially people who do R&D for solar panels as a career!!

Trumped by a 7th grader!!
It's shocking what other people come up with, really.

One of my colleague's kids actually came up with a crazy idea that I put into effect yesterday...Brilliance, if you ask me...Kids, they say the damnedest things.
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Good for him
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In comment section of article


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"His work earned him a Young Naturalist Award from the American Museum of Natural History and a provisional patent on the design."

by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19, @08:54AM
Patenting natures design, anyone else thinks that something is wrong here?
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Very smart kid. Gives me hope.
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My brother is 13. He has some catching up to do, apparently.
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His flat array uses 10 panels, the tree array has 18 or so.

80% more panels for a 20-50% gain in energy production.

The flat array may have had another 10 panels on the other side of it, but that's not how you'd ever arrange a flat array (putting half your panels facing AWAY from the sun).
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It's shocking what other people come up with, really.

One of my colleague's kids actually came up with a crazy idea that I put into effect yesterday...Brilliance, if you ask me...Kids, they say the damnedest things.
Its their fresh minds, their heads aren't filled with all the bullcrap we are fed after we enter the later stages of school.
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