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ITT: Bunch of 18+ year olds bashing a 13 year old who did a better science project than them.
I'm a scientist and his project is not better than mine...
    
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Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d View Post
You're missing a /thread, but seriously thanks for that. Just a quote from it since it seems nobody bothered to click your link or read it:

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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.

Edited by jrbroad77 - 8/20/11 at 4:20pm
 
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I did, updated OP

I know enough about a solar panel array to build one, as far as peak efficiency goes I am no expert, but after reading that write up.. this kid is not onto anything.

this goes to show that the national media is lacking.. and should do its home work more thoroughly.
Edited by Killam0n - 8/20/11 at 4:31pm
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post #84 of 91
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/techn...through/41520/

Debunked. Heres another source if you want
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post #85 of 91
I'd like to see if his smug expression has changed now that everyone knows that he hasn't done anything revolutionary, or to be totally honest, note- or award-worthy at all.

    
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I'm a scientist and his project is not better than mine...
Haha. Yeah you're right.
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post #87 of 91
Has nobody read the link? I feel bad for this kid that he got national media attention, awards and so much hype. Now he will crash and burn, probably never work as hard in school and fall a victim to drugs and abuse.

I can't believe his design got patented... sad really.
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post #88 of 91
The tree design kinda doesnt make sense as at any time there will be panels not in sunlight at all.

I commend the kid for having a go. If he had correctly tested for current instead of DC voltage he would have had a valid experiment, however with the opposite result as being better.
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This truely makes sense because all of the solar pannels are at diffrent angles they asorb light at all directions! Now to make a Rotating one....
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Originally Posted by theamdman View Post
This truely makes sense because all of the solar pannels are at diffrent angles they asorb light at all directions! Now to make a Rotating one....
You should read the blog post listed a few posts up. The kid measured voltage instead of power output of the cells. Then he added the voltage up. Nonsense.

I don't blame the kid for being ambitious and curious. Blame the media for blowing his science project out of proportions.
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