13 year old Aidan Dwyer developed an idea that could change the way we look at solar collection arrays in the future. It’s amazing how the mind of young person can be stimulated to come up with ideas that could change the world. All that’s needed is a solid education, support from family and friends, and resources. Aidan came up with an idea. Once again an idea that makes you ask “Why didn’t we think of that before?” He used the solar secret of trees as a starting point.
Fact #1: Trees are big solar collectors.
Trees are in fact huge photosynthesis farms that are covered in biological solar cells. Trees also grow in a predictable order and leaves are arranged in a way to collect the most solar energy from the sun averaged throughout an entire day or even season. So Aidan then asked, What is the rule of order that trees follow when growing into these efficient solar collectors.
Question #1: What mathematical rule of order does tree growth follow?
Aidan found that trees follow the feminacci sequence when they grow. Keep in mind the order of tree growth and leaf placement on a tree relies on it’s location on the planet. Aidan was able to calculate the branch and leaf placement of an Oak tree growing in his geographical location. Using this calculation he built a tree more or less with small solar panels to act as the leaves.
Fact #2: Nature should be our guide to developing a cleaner society
If we look all around us and open our eyes and ears to the biological machine humming around us, we can learn the greatest lesson available to mankind. Humility. We are just one small part of the machine. Why reinvent the wheel? It’s chugging away all around us. Nothing slows the progress of human advancement more than the lack of humility. If we could literally just go back to our roots. The atom in it’s basic form is a mechanical marvel. Something as simple as the branch and leaf pattern on a tree that Aidan utilized can teach us invaluable lessons in solar harvesting. The way birds can navigate halfway around the globe, yet find their way back to their nesting grounds. The properties of nano-materials found in every day organisms. These and countless other examples of the world around us should be our blueprint when attempting to advance our knowledge of physics and technology.