MIT Designs 3D Orgami Solar Panels
April 9, 2010
MIT researchers are working on a new kind of solar panel that could prove to be much more energy-efficient than current flat panels. An initial 3D structure made up of jagged clusters of 64 triangles that harvests more than 60 kilowatt-hours daily was simplified (see a-to-b, above) into a square box whose sides cave in at the center. The boxes could be shipped as flat 3-D panels and opened up like origami and used beyond just building rooftops–for instance, by taking advantage of light reflected off the ground. Saving installation costs which typically make up two-thirds of the cost of flat panels could further help lower the cost of solar power.
via Live Science