Tuesday, November 22, 2011

MIT Engineering 3D Solar Panels

Inspired by the way trees spread their leaves to capture sunlight, MIT Engineering Professor Jeffery Grossman wondered how efficient a three-dimensional shape covered in solar cells could be. It turns out that it has the potential to be quite efficient, even on an overcast, rainy day in Boston. Extraordinary efficiency, created by the dynamic shapes inspired by tree leaves, is what's really impressive about Professor Grossman's design. Not only are they less impacted by bad weather, their vertical shape allows them to pick up more direct sunlight and generate more electricity than flat panels using the same amount of ground space.

Check it out:

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  2. Well, the energy conservation system is explained very nicely in this thread with the help of pictures. I want to implement the energy conservation techniques at my home using solar panels.

  3. Is this a DIY solar panel? It's a basic technology DIY solar panel. With these idea solar panel companies will be inspired lowering the price of those expensive solar panels. And hopefully solar energy will be for everyone else.

    Sonia Knight
    Solar Panel Consultant