28 Mar '12, 2am

MIT’s Crazy 3-D Solar “Tower of Power”: Filed under: Energy News

“caused thousands of solar power researchers around the globe to smack their heads and wonder why they never thought of that” Hmm, I’m not so sure about that. From quickly skimming the paper, this isn’t anything innovative in terms of what solar power researchers do (i.e. higher efficiency materials etc.), but rather an interesting approach by architects to maximize space usage using whatever current solar tech is available. Still, a very cool idea…though I wonder how well they’ll perform in the market. The nice thing about flat panels is that you can simply put them on your roof. I’m not sure if you can put these 3d structures on roofs. Also I might be mistaken, but it doesn’t seem like they took into account that you can’t simply put these structures side to side. You need to leave space between the structures as to maximize the amount of light absorbed and I wonder if t...

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