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    mudra

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    13 Year Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

    Post  mudra on Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:57 am

    13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence
    08/18/11

    While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees branch in a very specific way, Aidan Dwyer created a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels. His impressive results show that using a specific formula for distributing solar cells can drastically improve energy generation. The study earned Aidan a provisional U.S patent – it’s a rare find in the field of technology and a fantastic example of how biomimicry can drastically improve design.


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    Aidan Dwyer took a hike through the trees last winter and took notice of patterns in the mangle of branches. His studies into how they branch in very specific ways lead him to a central guiding formula, the Fibonacci sequence. Take a number, add it to the number before it in a sequence like 1+1=2 then 2+1=3 then 3+2=5, 8, 13, 21 and so on a very specific pattern emerges. Turns out the pattern and its corresponding ratios are reflected in nature all the time, and Aidan’s keen observation of how trees branch according to the formula lead him to test the theory. First he measured tree branches by how often they branch and at what degree from each other.

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    Re: 13 Year Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

    Post  newel on Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:21 am

    Brilliant

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