Sunday, November 20, 2011

13 yr old boy improves solar power

Aiden Dwyer Source: American Museum of Natural History

Aiden Dwyer, a 13-year-old boy from Long Island, New York, was a presenter at the recent PopTech conference, discussing his method for improving the efficiency of solar panels. Based on the mathematics of tree branches, his design is 20 to 50% more efficient than traditional solar arrays, especially in low-light conditions, such as cloudy days in the winter or in places where there are lots of trees and tall buildings.
"My design is like a tree," he said, "but instead of having leaves it has solar panels at the ends (of the branches)."
Dwyer created a prototype of this tree-like solar panel array for a science fair with the help of his grandfather. He ordered the solar panels online and the pair built the rest of it together. For his efforts, he won the Young Naturalist award this year from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Read the rest of the story on CNN: Meet a 13 year old solar power developer
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