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Solar Energy: A Sunflower Solution to Electricity Shortage

Solar Energy: A Sunflower Solution to Electricity Shortage | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A new piece of solar technology from IBM not only provides electricity – it can desalinate water for sanitation and drinking. [...] IBM and Airlight Energy’s 30ft concrete ‘sunflower’ was inspired by the branched blood supply of the human body."

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Biomimicry: Inspiring Solar Energy Technology Developments Through Nature

Biomimicry: Inspiring Solar Energy Technology Developments Through Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The improvements to solar energy technology have been impressive, such as going from the conventional and bulky first generation solar cells/modules to the flexible second generation thin-film solar cells/modules. Accompanying this has been a significant reduction in the cost of manufacturing solar cells and modules, with an average price of roughly US$1 per Watt for first-generation and second-generation modules.

 

With further technological breakthroughs expected in the next few years, the future is rosy for the solar industry. However, instead of patiently waiting for this next wave of advancements, academics have devised ways to further tweak solar energy technology and these tweaks are based on observations in nature.

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What's the Most Efficient Design For a Solar Collector? Shape It Like a Sunflower

What's the Most Efficient Design For a Solar Collector? Shape It Like a Sunflower | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Concentrated solar power plants could get an efficiency boost inspired by flowers, according to MIT researchers. Designing solar mirrors in a spiral pattern similar to sunflower heads could reduce the space required for CSP plants and increase the amount of sunlight the mirrors collect."

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Innovate: Solar Designs from Nature

Innovate: Solar Designs from Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
In the quest to draw power from the sun, nothing is more motivated than plants and insects.
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Sunflower Heliotropic Ability Inspires Passive Solar Tracking

Sunflower Heliotropic Ability Inspires Passive Solar Tracking | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Researchers from UW-Madison created a passive system which mimics heliotropism in order to maximize the output of solar power generation systems.
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