Breakthrough in Solar Panel Technology from a 12 Year Old?

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hogkill

lol, actually i made it to the national science fair with my project.  also looks like this kid's dad may have helped a bit (lol yeah just a bit).

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chosenbygrace

"inspired by the sun" WROOOOOOOOOOOONG: "researchers at Georgia Tech, the new design sounded very similar to the 3D solar cells that they had been working on. Georgia Tech tried to find out, but were not able to get any specific information – when they heard that Yuan said (in an interview with KATU, Yuan’s local TV station), that he had researched the work that Georgia Tech had done and then improved the design, they started questioning whether Yuan had copied their research."

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Queenof1

Which do people prefer, Coke or Pepsi?

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AkuPenguin

I think I separated salt from water through freezing... It sucked.

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cap737

Good job kid. I hope you patented this new finding and make some profit on it to help with your future.

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Shalbatana

 Way to go kid!

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chosenbygrace

"inspired by the sun" WROOOOOOOOOOOONG: "researchers at Georgia Tech, the new design sounded very similar to the 3D solar cells that they had been working on. Georgia Tech tried to find out, but were not able to get any specific information – when they heard that Yuan said (in an interview with KATU, Yuan’s local TV station), that he had researched the work that Georgia Tech had done and then improved the design, they started questioning whether Yuan had copied their research."

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Shalbatana

wow, you really felt the need to comment on everyone's post instead of just once? That's commitment man :) ...though I understand where you're coming from with it. I think I feel a little duped.

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Talcum X

 Whether he got the idea from another person or not, did that idea previously go anywhere?  Was it patented? Did a company start research on the idea?  If not, then this was the boost the idea needed to hopefully get this aging technology needed.

 

I didnt have a science project.  I had to cheat to pass Chemistry class.  I hacked the homwork program on the floppy disk (Apple IIe) to be 80% correct. when tests were taken.

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chosenbygrace

"inspired by the sun" WROOOOOOOOOOOONG: "researchers at Georgia Tech, the new design sounded very similar to the 3D solar cells that they had been working on. Georgia Tech tried to find out, but were not able to get any specific information – when they heard that Yuan said (in an interview with KATU, Yuan’s local TV station), that he had researched the work that Georgia Tech had done and then improved the design, they started questioning whether Yuan had copied their research."

And who said that just because it was aging it wasn't getting anywhere? And who said plagiarism is needed to boost technology or should be or that it was due to that? You think like a child, like an atheist.

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jwalch.hawk

The fact that America likes the same idea more from the mouth of a 12-year-old than it does an esteemed professor at a research university should tell us something...

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Strongbad536

I tested to see what the possible ways were to blow up computers.  (using salvaged parts of course, wouldnt even think of trying to do that with my 4850 and penryn.)

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winmaster

What does this kid need a scholarship for. If he could afford to buy the supplies to do that, his parents must be loaded. He probable has a mac book pro with bootcamp and Vista Ultimate. 

For my science project, I tested web browsers in the real world. (Opera 9 beat IE7 and Firefox 2, by the way).

I want a scholarship. 

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ironsmyth777

BUT! This is a twelve year old (with the likely help of an intelligent adult) who redesigned a tech. that has been hailed as maxed out for years. It's good to see something like this. At least it made me happy. Not only does the kid get a paycheck but hopefully he has embarrassed someone into making a better GREEN tech. If he did borrow the ideas or not is irrelevant to me, sure he has to learn that you can't do that in the real world, but what I'm glad to see is someone being able to apply an idea into something useful.

 Makes me feel better about the ideas I borrowed, copied, and stole to make my 2002 Ford Explorer get 28+ mpg highway (@60 mph). BTW my 1999 Firebird gets 30+ (also @60 mph)! No I'm not kidding... just apply a lot of little gains and drive the speed limit to get them there. Both are 6 cyclinders and output is 200> horsepower for each. Both just rolled over the 100 thosand mark also. (Not bad me thinks) :)

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Keith E. Whisman

Hey I've got a 2003 Ford Explorer with an 4.0litre V6 with AC in the Arizona Heat. How did you get that kind of milage out of it? Please share with me. I will make the mods.  69,000miles.

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ironsmyth777

When things needs replaced, do the upgrade, otherwise the cost will barely be offset by the savings.

That having been said a K+N air filter and intake tube was the biggest thing that affected mpg. Have you looked at the air box on this thing? It's crazy how much restriction there is in this setup. Actually mine is a knock off Ebayed K+N clone (+4-5 mpg).

Spark plugs are Autolite double platinum and plug wires are Autolite Pro. (No measurable mpg gain but idle is much smoother.)

Exhaust was the most expensive piece and again cost vs need. I replaced the catalytic converter and muffler with MagnaFlow aftermarkets due to the converter being stopped up and I wanted more free flowing muffler. I discovered this problem after dragging the muffler off (around 80,000 miles) helping a friend move junk and quickly realized the exhaust tone had not changed. Luckily the friend is a welder so he did the exhaust repairs/mods for free (I bought the parts) (+2-3 mpg). For the record it still does fine on emissions tests.

Have the computer flashed. The plus is a noticeable jump in hp and torque (+2-3 mpg) after being flashed for performance. There is a millage flash out now (I haven't tried it).

The last thing is limit speed! The difference between 62 and 72 mph is 6 mpg! It only gets worse from there. 60'ish seems to be the sweet spot.

All of my mpg measurements were taken on the same road, same route, interstate conditions, driving 60 miles a day with the cruise set at 62'ish. Measurements were done by the tankful multiple times to get these numbers. Best was a week of 50 degree temps and light rain. (31 mpg) Worst week was hot (+100 degrees) and dry (sorry for where you live) at 26 mpg.

Also, mine has the tow package. I don't know if that affects things or not. Let me know how/if this helps.

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MrNaPaLm32

Its not like he actually came up with the idea.

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sdcat

If it could be done with more rays + 3D than just direct visible light, temp and 2D. This is worth been developed into actual comercial and residential product. Good Job William Yuan, a 7th grader.

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jrocknyc

i cut out the planets and glued them to a piece of cardboard. :(

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jwalch.hawk

"For his efforts, Yuan received a well deserved $25,000 scholarship"

 

Well-deserved presuming that the allegations of plagiarism are false...

 

Jud Ready, Georgia Tech, April '07

 

Google above.  Compare.

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Keith E. Whisman

I think I just made a balloon powered car that I actually got from a cereal box. I got honorable mention. Where's my scholarship?

I also dismantled an top of the line 8088 IBM clone and explained what each and every individual component did.

So this is a 7th grader? I guess the public school system isn't that bad after all.

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Asevening

The way the satelitte dish is positioned makes it look like its attached to a major portion of the house.

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