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First we replaced paper with electronic books, now we're doing away with trees altogether.

Instead of harvesting a tree for paper to make a book, you can just plug your eReader into the tree itself and download a digital copy.

We could replace the trees in a city with solar generators that look like trees, then use them to power a city wide wireless network, as well as offer USB charging stations
    
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I'm surprised why solar panel researchers or scientists haven't thought of this...I mean isn't it logical to follow a tree's pattern of collecting sunlight since they've been around for millions of years?
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Kids do the damndest things.
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post #24 of 91
Very interesting stuff.

I had to give a 20 minute presentation on this topic last year and solar technology is still way behind in sun-to-power efficiency, land-to-power efficiency, cost-to-power efficiency... This is bringing us closer and closer to it actually becoming a viable alternative energy source.
Edited by Kreeker - 8/19/11 at 12:08pm
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post #25 of 91
Quote:
Originally Posted by Madman340 View Post
It's crazy how efficient nature is.
Well, except for the wisdom teeth humans have leftover from evolution.

And the appendix that does next to nothing and can rupture, killing you.

And the way that the light sensitive cells of our eyes are at the back instead of the front which allows less than optimal amounts of light to be picked up by our eyes.

Nature is a strange thing indeed
    
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post #26 of 91
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I'm surprised why solar panel researchers or scientists haven't thought of this...I mean isn't it logical to follow a tree's pattern of collecting sunlight since they've been around for millions of years?
His design is good in theory, but runs into practical issues from am implementation point of view.

1. Ease of mounting. Very difficult to mount his design in mass, or even easily due to separate angles for each panel.
2. Space efficiency- his design is actually a very inefficient use of space. You can generate much more power/sq ft using traditional designs.
3. Durability- Any design with stuff sticky out in all directions has issues with durability as compared to a flat design.
4. Difficulty to construct- More complex design, harder to mass manufacture.
5. Higher cost.

So while his design is more efficient, from a manf point of view, it's not a very useful design, hence the industry hasn't really considered it.

I can see his design being applicable if a large scale solar plant were to be constructed, but it's questionable whether the increase in efficiency would be worth the increase in cost an decrease in spatial efficiency.

Still, very good job by the kid, hopefully he'll kept going and become a great engineer someday.
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just goes to show u a kids mind is in some ways more superior then some adults, i guess because as kids you dont care what people will think of those ideas compared to adults, im sure people hear have came up with an idea n thought hang on will people just laugh at me? hm better not say anything
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post #28 of 91
No, a solar tracking system will still use the supplied panels more efficiently. The are not difficult to implement, even in family sized solar collectors. Even a family with a roof based collector will not wish altering the outline, and thus the architecture of their home by adding a bulbous solar array to it. For a large scale operation to utilize his design would be prohibitively wasteful.

The kid is clever, but it's like throwing a traffic cone around a pot hole to prevent damage to motorists cars, rather than filling it in.

He could not appear more smug in that picture. We need to more scrupulous of the accolades we dole out to children, lest they grow up and wonder why they aren't billionaires because we've been telling them they were geniuses since they could walk.

[/jaded youth genius]
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post #29 of 91
It could be used on space craft when no one must look at it, but there comes line where functionality and practicality meet. I don't see people lining up to get solar panel trees for their back yards. Even if you made it decotive or artsy...you will not get many of them in an area. How close together are fully grown oak trees?

If you have panels that follow the sun I believe you can get upwards of 80-90% more exposure to the sun, but there again you run into durability issues. I think the standard 45° panels facing in diffent directions to catch the sun before and after the apex will remain for now.

A cool project for a lab or science fair, but not for actual every day usage
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 8/19/11 at 12:33pm
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post #30 of 91
That's great cuz it shows how good our future will be with really smart kids who grow up to change the world for a better place with energy use and better protection and less waste!
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