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MIT Builds 3D Solar Structures Capable of Generating 20 Times the Power Output of Flat Panels

Tiffany Kaiser | Daily Tech
March 28, 2012

MIT researchers have created new solar designs that stray away from the traditional panel-like shape and instead resemble 3D towers.

Jeffrey Grossman, study leader and Carl Richard Soderberg Career Development Associate Professor of Power Engineering at MIT, along with a team of MIT researchers, constructed 3D solar designs that are vertical and capable of increasing the solar power generated from a certain area.

To do this, the team used a computer algorithm to test a series of possible designs under different conditions regarding weather, seasons and latitudes. Once the predictions were computer generated, the team built three separate models and tested them on the MIT laboratory roof. The structures ranged from simple cube shapes to more complex accordion-type shapes.

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LOL, I was thinking they made

LOL, I was thinking they made an actual 3D solar generator, not an array of panels oriented vertically...

I saw this post and thought

I saw this post and thought it was announcing something Mitt Romney did! That would be MIT, not Mitt. LOL!

Did this kid beat MIT to it also? :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3XyvcIsrjo&feature=related

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MIC's war against the sun

If solar power becomes a viable alternate to oil, the MIC will have to figure out some way to have a war against the sun and its inhabitants.

The media will come out and tell us that the Sun already has nuclear fusion capabilities. Obama will consult the UN and Nato and give a whopper of a great speech about the security of our great Nation and how resolute our military is.

One politician will go on and on about how it is a waste of money to attack the Sun, that they can't actually strike our soil, and we should keep our troops home, but he'll be ignored, called a kook, and be blacked out by the media.

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A Necessary Pre-emptive War

One politician will go on and on about how it is a waste of money to attack the Sun, that they can't actually strike our soil, and we should keep our troops home, but he'll be ignored, called a kook, and be blacked out by the media.

The Sun kills thousands of Americans every year with its deadly radiation attacks! We need more funding for the Gigantic Space Umbrella to shield the Homeland from space-based radiological terrorism! This is the greatest threat we've ever faced - an enemy so dastardly that scientists say it will one day consume the Earth in fire! We can't let that happen - won't somebody please think of the children?

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That is priceless.

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You slay me

You slay me

I have to return some videotapes...

this has been in the works for some time ...

The science behind it is as follows ...

The semiconductor chosen to absorb photons as electrons is wavelength sensitive and therefore will only absorb one of the colors of the rainbow and convert the photons to electrons ergo ... energy.

A 3D array with multiple semiconductor materials will capture more than one wavelength in a fixed geometric area and therefore convert more photons into electrons.

The really big breakthrough will be when they discover a semiconductor material that can absorb the infrared portions of the spectrum and convert them to energy.

The other bottle neck in this system is the conductors. Until now, the conductors have been lost space where photons are not allowed to be absorbed or passed thru to be collected later. A completely transparent conductor will greatly enhance the efficiency of photo-voltaic systems.

I love this stuff.

Nature is better

not sure if any of you saw this but last year a 7th grader came up with a way to arrange solar panels that mimiced nature

Novel idea – arrange solar panels like Nature designed it!
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/08/19/novel-idea-arrange-sol...

Not sure how this compares but it proves it not really all that new

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Someone should send that to MIT lol

They stole his idea. :)

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Liquid Fluoride Thorium

Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors is the way to go. Every one need to google the documentary "Thorium Remix" or "Kirk Sorensen" who's company is building these.

Forgot about NanoSolar

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BTW, for those who think solar could never take the place of oil in the future.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_plants_in_the_Mojav...

Relatively speaking, the future is right around the corner.

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Like the Patent man said in The 3 Stooges..

..when they brought in their "fly catcher".

He said, "when you make your first $100 bring it in and I'll give you a patent".

I had considered installing a 4 kW array on my house and doing all of the work myself. No, I don't want to fund some overpriced "certified installer" whose prices are kept high because of government funding "benefits".

After calculating the cost of the material and equipment and the supposed "credits" (which wouldn't apply in my situation) and the novelty of the power company "buying back" power generated on my system and SREC (another farce) I changed my mind. Without the tax payers being forced to subsidize PV systems the return on investment is nonexistent. Another matter is the local building CODE. The CODE ENFORCEMENT stooges said, "we have to review your proposal and equipment that would be installed". Amongst other things they had to check for the reflectivity of the PV panels so that they wouldn't (you're gonna' love this one) cast a reflection into the sky that wouldn't hinder airplane pilots vision!

In other words- whenever you see someone with a large array you should ask them to thank you for helping them buy their system. PV without tax payer funding is a very bad investment. There would be no pay back without it.

Ever notice that since the "economy" turned bad people have sort of soured on the idea of "green" technology? It's cute when the money is available but when money gets tight so does philosophy.

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This is a much better idea, easy for a DIY project

and much more efficient.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjl9tmjJVrs

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This heading is misleading.

This heading is misleading. This isn't new technology. They basically use the same flat panels. they are just reconfiguring them into 3d arrays. Instead of taking 10 panels putting them in a row they stack them in a 3d tower configuration. The 20x increase may be achieved when the sun is low on the horizon and produces the least amount of energy. Overall energy increase of only 10% to 15% on a good day.

So their intelligent design for a solar collector is vertically

oriented, more like, for arguments sake, a tree.

What's old is new again.

The oil companies will get eco grants from the feds....

1) to buy up the related patents.

2) and shelve the technology for decades

3) until they can change patent law to make the patent lifetime.

This is how the MACHINE rolls.

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That's nothing new, I posted

That's nothing new, I posted stuff on here about a year ago regarding prisms and different semiconductors on 3 dimensional solar panels.

Maybe they read Daily Paul?