Originally Posted by tats
Are you basing that on the picture? Or does it say that somewhere? Because it looks like there are 15 or so attachements to the tree but are they all solar panels, we cant know from that picture. Maybe those are to simulate the shading?
I counted 15 or so as well, from what I can tell they are all solar pannels.
He needed to determine which single panel was bringing in the most sunlight over the course of the day, if he then arranged the flat panel cells at the same angle, they would bring in more sunlight than the tree would. (Assuming the tree and the flat panel had the same number of solar panels).
Unfortunately, there is no way this design is more efficient than a flat panel system.
If you want something even better than a flat panel system, you would want a rotating system so the panels are always facing directly into the sun. You might also be able to do something interesting with mirrors to focus more light onto your panels.