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I see what you mean.
Ouch. LOL
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post #62 of 91
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Making a movable base that follows the sun (sunflower style) will yield even better results, since ALL of the cells remain at optimum angle for most of the day.
Making it move defeats the whole point. The point was to show that a tree-like arrangement gathers more than a stationary flat arrangement, because the tree-like one gathers light at more or less the same efficiency throughout the day, as opposed to a stationary flat panel, which only works well when it's at the correct angle. If you're going to have a moving solar panel, a flat one would be worlds better.
    
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Not even original idea, took an OLD idea and added a mathematical bases to it.

http://www.earthtechling.com/2010/05...les-via-solar/

http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/4308k/index.html

It was pretty clear that you could make solar trees for a long time. The kid just took the same concepts that have been around for a while and added fractal patterns.

And there looks like 20 solar cells on the tree and 20 cells on the flat panel. Just the trees are allowed to go vertical where the flat is only allowed to expand horizontal.
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post #64 of 91
His dad probably did his project for him like most kids' projects are done. LOL

Sure would be nice is solar power was more powerful than it is today. It's just me here so not much electricity is used.
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post #65 of 91
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Originally Posted by Rangerscott View Post
His dad probably did his project for him like most kids' projects are done. LOL

Sure would be nice is solar power was more powerful than it is today. It's just me here so not much electricity is used.
I agree, solar is not efficient enough yet, cost wise or wats per panel.
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Very smart kid. Gives me hope.
That apple will say since their name rhymes with a fruit, and fruit are of nature, that this discovery is trademarked so its theirs?
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post #67 of 91
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that apple will say since their name rhymes with a fruit, and fruit are of nature, that this discovery is trademarked so its theirs?
makes perfect sense! It's all a conspiracy
    
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post #68 of 91
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I feel like no one saw this post of mine, so again:

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).
Yeah I know what you mean.

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Originally Posted by adcantu View Post
That's an awesome idea. Get rid of trees altogether and replace with ipad chargers. its not like anyone on earth uses that silly byproduct of photosynthesis, oxygen.
Haha, I like.
Edited by Uncle Dolans - 8/20/11 at 3:39am
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That's an awesome idea. Get rid of trees altogether and replace with ipad chargers. its not like anyone on earth uses that silly byproduct of photosynthesis, oxygen.
That's why I said in the city. The pathetic little trees you see lining the sidewalks in most cities don't make any significant contribution.

It would probably be better if you replaced those inefficient trees with solar powered air purifiers.
    
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It's crazy how efficient nature is.


Nature has billions of years of research. nothing man made, is more effecient than nature. Nothing!
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