13 year old "re-invents" solar panel tree
I saw this yesterday while roaming through the news and immediately knew it was hogwash.
Solar panels only produce X amount of output from the sun and this idea was floating around for many years before this kid re-invented the idea for his project. Besides, solar panel companies sell some kits with tracking systems so that you can capture a higher amount of sun light by tracking the sun through the sky.
So where does that leave the media, the judges who gave him an award and any money he gained? No one seemed to follow up on the facts and it took scientists who were in the field to expose the bogus results. Is this a cased where the parents used their influences to promote their son much like Rebecca Black videos?
I'm not surprised, but I don't see any follow up on the story on who the judges were and why they haven't been chastised for being such ignorant fools for not checking up on his facts.
And I'll say that I support the kid for trying to make the world a better place, but I think enabling him by heralding his pseudo science based project is really a stupid thing to continue doing.
Here is some debunking info: