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PV Forest

Tree inspired photovoltaic solar collector system
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This is not an invention, but a different use of current technology. I think a collector array made to resemble a forest would be cool. Yes I know it wouldn't be very cost effective as those ugly rectangular pv cells now in general use. Perhaps the "trees" could articulate and follow the sun across the sky (solar powered of course) to maximize insolation.
MEHOOELSE, Sep 06 2006

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       I THINK YOU NEED TO STOP USING ALL CAPS.   

       As far as the idea goes, photovoltaic cells done up as trees is a nice idea. It probably wouldn't be very efficient though. The sunlight would be greatly reduced once it got past the top layer of photovoltaic cells.   

       Welcome, and again, please dont use all caps.
DesertFox, Sep 06 2006
  

       Please don't shout at me. It makes me cry.
Galbinus_Caeli, Sep 06 2006
  

       It could look like the field of (murderous) "sunflowers" in Larry Niven's Ringworld.
jutta, Sep 06 2006
  

       Can I cut them down and burn them in my wood stove?
ldischler, Sep 06 2006
  

       The job of washing all those leaves by hand would keep someone busy. A tree is a solar collector of a kind, some trees make maple syrup. Maybe your tree could make ice cream. Yum.
popbottle, Apr 30 2013
  
      
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