MIT Builds 3D Solar Structures Capable of Generating 20 Times the Power Output of Flat PanelsSubmitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 03/29/2012 - 00:28
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.