Take a Leaf out of this Tree’s Book… Solar Tree Invented by 13 yr-old Schoolboy

Okay – I couldn’t help that title – my fiancee suggested it as a laugh.

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.

Leonardo da Vinci

A 13 yr old school boy looked at trees and wondered if the pattern they formed from the Fibonacci sequence was an accident or whether it was a pattern that maximised the amount of sunlight that fell on the leaves.

He was right. It does and he has built a solar tree using photo-voltaic panels which has massively improved the effectiveness of the solar panels;

The Fibonacci tree design performed better than the flat-panel model. The tree design made 20% more electricity and collected 2 1/2 more hours of sunlight during the day. But the most interesting results were in December, when the Sun was at its lowest point in the sky. The tree design made 50% more electricity, and the collection time of sunlight was up to 50% longer!

Pretty impressive! I think that young Aidan has a big future ahead of him.

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