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Posted by Congoleum Breckenridge on August 26, 2011, 3:46 pm
 
Solar panels have been around for quite some time now, providing a much
greener method of generating power. The only problem is that most solar
panel arrays aren't exactly the most efficient replacements for
electricity due to their need for the perfect positioning and good
weather. Luckily for solar panel researchers around the globe, a 13 year
old boy figured out a way to increase solar panel efficiency all on his own.

While Aidan Dwyer was on a winter hike in the Catskills, he was amazed
by patterns he saw in the trees and realized that these pattern
resembled the Fibonacci sequence (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21...etc). After
realizing trees grew in that manner in order to be efficient in using
sunlight for photosynthesis, he put two and two together and decided to
try to apply the same concept to solar panels.

He created a tree-like stand for solar panels and attached them in a
Fibonacci-like manner and compared the results with a standard flat
solar panel array. His simple creation yielded an incredible 50 percent
jump in efficiency between the traditional method and the Fibonacci
design. Since then, young Aidan ha already earned himself a provisional
U.S. patent and is undoubtedly sought out for by many who are looking to
utilize his design. Perhaps now we can expect to see entire groves and
forests of solar panel trees in the future. That would be quite a sight
to see!

Posted by Morris Dovey on August 26, 2011, 4:05 pm
 
On 8/26/11 10:46 AM, Congoleum Breckenridge wrote:

(Pure misinformation)

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Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
http://www.iedu.com/Solar/

Posted by Michael B on August 27, 2011, 3:29 am
 
Perhaps you could be more articulate?
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/08/teen-taps-into-power-of-fibonacci-to-h=
arness-the-sun/



Posted by m II on August 27, 2011, 3:58 am
 Absolute crap! The whole article is based on absolute nonsense with no valid
bearing or scientific proof. Even the charts were nonsense and have no
bearing with power or energy output. The kid couldn't even measure the
energy output of the cells. Cells facing different directions than ideal can
never generate more energy, period!

The kid should be spanked and the writer hung by the neck.


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"Michael B"  wrote in message
Perhaps you could be more articulate?
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/08/teen-taps-into-power-of-fibonacci-to-harness-the-sun/


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Posted by Michael B on August 27, 2011, 4:15 am
 Completely agree, but looking for details on how he optimized low
angle-of-incidence sun.
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/08/aidan-dwyers-fibonacci-solar-array-may-not=
-be-feasible-after-all/



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