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Solar Energy in 3D

A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new structure consisting in cubes or towers that extend solar cells upward in 3D configurations. Once tested, the researchers discovered that the solar cells in these new structures output more than twenty times the power they produce in a fix roof, even in cloudy days.

The biggest boosts in power were seen in the situations where improvements are most needed: 3D structures, the team reports, can gather slanting sunlight better than can flat panels in locations far from the equator, in winter months and on cloudier days. The new findings, based on both computer modeling and outdoor testing of real modules, have been published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science.