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While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees branch in a very specific way, Aidan Dwyer created a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels. His impressive results show that using a specific formula for distributing solar cells can drastically improve energy generation. The study earned Aidan a provisional U.S patent – it’s a rare find in the field of technology and a fantastic example of how biomimicry can drastically improve design.
Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
Damn son, why didn't I think of that. It seems to me like a normal flat design would be easier to maintain though.
Many people think this constitutes charity and social services. I think it is common sense and investing in our mutual future.
I will gladly share whatever little I have so OUR children are guaranteed a good start in life. That is in my best interests.
Personal responsibility, individual liberty and less government are wonderful ideas, but like all successful concepts, they require nuance. To what extent does the poor son of a crackhead single mother who grew up without access to a good education have the personal responsibility to buy health care at exorbitant prices? Should he be expected to create a stable, happy life for himself while paying the same flat tax rate as Donald Trump? At what point should Trump's individual liberty be so obstructed as to afford the government a slightly larger fraction of his multi-billion dollar pie so it can be spent on health care and education for the less fortunate? At what point should the Constitutional rights of oil companies to destroy the environment be called into question, so as to protect our planet and our children from our wastefulness and stubborn refusal to evolve? www.huffingtonpost.com...
Originally posted by Cryptonomicon
The flat panel has 10 PV cells, and the Tree has 20.
I used PV solar panels hooked up in series that produced up to 1/2 volt, so the peak output of the model was 5 volts. .