Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

sunflower solar panelsunflower solar panel

Sunflower Movement Inspires New Solar Panel Design

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

By Brittany Lyte, Revmodo.com

The sunflower inspired a researcher to create a new solar panel system that rotates toward the sun, increasing the energy harvesting capability by 10 percent.

In nature, sunflowers rotate slowly from east to west as the sun passes above them during the course of the day. This attempt allows the flowers to soak up as many rays as possible. This phenomenon, called heliotropism, is the springboard for a new solar design engineered by professor Hongrui Jiang, a University of Wisconson-Madison researcher.

“The idea is that wherever the sun goes, it will follow,” said Jiang.

Jiang’s design uses liquid crystalline elastomer, which contracts in the presence of heat, and light-absorbing carbon nanotubes to achieve heliotropism. When sunlight hits a mirror beneath the solar panel, it is reflected to focus onto one of multiple actuators made of LCE and carbon nanotubes. The nanotubes warm as they absorb light, and the difference of heat causes the LCE to contract, causing the assembly to bow in the direction of the strongest sunlight.

Jiang hopes his design will be implemented across the country.

Like us on Facebook:

Vegans who campaign against fur are upset that Aritzia is using fake fur but real down

You know how we won’t shut up about how ineffective single issue campaigns are, including the ones against fur?


LA schools fuck up, reintroduce flavoured milk as a healthy option

Cafeterias have become pilot programs for whether or not strawberry and chocolate milk is the way to make more money on our youth.


Dallas is afraid of a little vegan brisket

Uh oh Dallas, have you been shown that you don’t need animals to make a mean barbecue?