PVTree: simulating L-system fractals in 3D for solar energy generation

F Bull, Rebecca Cain, Elisavet Dimitrokali, G Jones, Jamie Mackrill, B Morgan, York Ramachers, K Uzzell

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A first quantitative study of employing tree geometry structures from Lindenmayer systems for solar power harvesting is given. This computational study uses the Geant4 Monte-Carlo simulation framework for its flexibility in handling arbitrarily complex geometries combined with realistic physics simulation capabilities, in this case optical photon transport. An attempt is made to use realistic solar irradiance calculations for the simulation and study nature–inspired tree geometries as alternatives to flat panel
photovoltaic structures. This concept of a photovoltaic (PV) tree, PVTree, targets a step change in public perception of photovoltaic power production technology
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


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