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13-Year-Old Boy Improves Solar Panel Efficiency 50%
Solar panels have been around for quite some time now, providing a much greener method of generating power. The only problem is that most solar panel arrays aren't exactly the most efficient replacements for electricity due to their need for the perfect positioning and good weather. Luckily for solar panel researchers around the globe, a 13 year old boy figured out a way to increase solar panel efficiency all on his own.
While Aidan Dwyer was on a winter hike in the Catskills, he was amazed by patterns he saw in the trees and realized that these pattern resembled the Fibonacci sequence (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21...etc). After realizing trees grew in that manner in order to be efficient in using sunlight for photosynthesis, he put two and two together and decided to try to apply the same concept to solar panels.
He created a tree-like stand for solar panels and attached them in a Fibonacci-like manner and compared the results with a standard flat solar panel array. His simple creation yielded an incredible 50 percent jump in efficiency between the traditional method and the Fibonacci design. Since then, young Aidan ha already earned himself a provisional U.S. patent and is undoubtedly sought out for by many who are looking to utilize his design. Perhaps now we can expect to see entire groves and forests of solar panel trees in the future. That would be quite a sight to see!