13 Jan '12, 5pm

MIT solar plant design draws inspiration from a sunflower #solar #MIT

13 Jan 2012: More Efficient Solar Design Draws Inspiration from a Sunflower Finding inspiration in the structure of a sunflower, a group of scientists has designed a concentrated solar power plant (CSP) that will require 20 percent less land than existing plants while increasing the Shutterstock amount of sunlight its solar mirrors are able to collect. At the sprawling CSP plants already in use worldwide, hundreds of mirrors are arranged around a central tower, concentrating sunlight on the tower to heat water and generate electricity. But the current designs, in which the mirrors are staggered, create unnecessary amounts of shadowing and blocking of sunlight, according to a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Their new design, which is described in the journal Solar Energy , instead arranges the mirrors at...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/more_efficient_solar_design_d...

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