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Posted by m II on August 28, 2011, 1:33 am
He didn't because it's crap!

"Michael B"  wrote in message
Completely agree, but looking for details on how he optimized low
angle-of-incidence sun.

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-fibonacc ...

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Mom letting you on the computer again, Mho?..or perhaps today it's
Maynard..or Lectron Nuis...Josepi...Gymmie Boob....

Time for you to to grow up.


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Posted by m II on August 28, 2011, 3:27 am
I did not write the nonsense above!

Posted by Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds on August 27, 2011, 6:38 pm

Actually, it's the judges and scientific advisors that should be spanked

Posted by Morris Dovey on August 27, 2011, 5:02 pm
 On 8/26/11 10:29 PM, Michael B wrote:


Maybe. The lad discovered that if he used more panels, then he could
increase the probability that _one_ of them would face (more closely to
orthogonal to) the sun's rays by arranging them according to a
well-known formula.

However, a tracking mechanism can assure that a panel (or an entire
collection of panels) is maintained at an optimal position throughout
the collection period so as to harvest the maximum amount of power from
the (every) panel.

I like math and I'm pleased that the young man was able to relate what
he learned in school to solar power (and I'm hoping that he'll stumble
upon fractals before too long), but his "invention" fails on two primary

[1] The ability of a panel to convert a photon flux to electrical
potential was _not_ made more efficient - panel efficiency does not
depend in any way on orientation.

[2] If the claim was being made for a system of panels, there won't be
any improvement over a system in which all panels are positioned
optimally, as they would be with a tracker.

I give the lad credit for using his head - but one of the adults in his
life should have gently clued him in so as to avoid the embarrassment of
having his "breakthrough" publicly debunked.

His _next_ idea might actually /be/ a breakthrough. :-)

Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar

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