Nature Inspires More Efficient Design For Capturing Solar Energy (page 2)

A team of researchers from MIT and Aachen University in Germany have engineered a new kind of concentrated solar power (CSP) plant that allows for a greater yield of energy on a smaller area of land. And the progressive-thinking scientists say they got their inspiration for the design from was Mother Nature herself. In the journal Solar Energy, the transatlantic team recently reported that by arranging the mirrors, or ?heliostats?, of solar devices in spiral formations they can actually reduce its ?footprint? by about 20 percent while simultaneously increasing the amount of energy produced. The design for the spiral, researchers say, was borrowed from the face of a sunflower and makes for a more compact structure that reduces the blockage of light by adjacent heliostats. At traditional CSP sites like the large PS10 solar field located in the deserts of Andalucia, Spain, the sunlight-capturing mirrors are arranged much like seats in a cinema, staggered and aligned in neatly ordered rows. For years, however, sc

Nature Inspires More Efficient Design For Capturing Solar Energy

A team of researchers from MIT and Aachen University in Germany have engineered a new kind of concentrated solar power (CSP) plant that allows for a greater yield of energy on a smaller area ...

Wed 11 Jan 12 from RedOrbit

Solar energy: New sunflower-inspired pattern increases concentrated solar efficiency

A new sunflower-inspired pattern increases concentrated solar efficiency.

Wed 11 Jan 12 from ScienceDaily

MIT research: A new sunflower-inspired pattern increases concentrated solar efficiency, Wed 11 Jan 12 from Eurekalert

Sunflower design improves solar efficiency

Just outside Seville, in the desert region of Andalucia, Spain, sits an oasis-like sight: a 100-meter-high pillar surrounded by rows of giant mirrors rippling outward. More than 600 of these ...

Wed 11 Jan 12 from Science Blog

Here comes the sun

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in collaboration with RWTH Aachen University in Germany, have come up with a design that reduces the amount of land required to build ...

Wed 11 Jan 12 from R&D Mag

MIT Scientists Find Way to Maximize Concentrated Solar Plant Efficacy by Emulating a Sunflower’s Pattern

Scientists at MIT and RWTH Aachen University may have revolutionized the effectiveness of concentrated solar plants – by emulating the pattern found on a sunflower, otherwise known in ...

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