03/30/2012 12:48 pm ET

MIT's 3D Solar Panels: The Clean Energy Game Changer?

When you think of solar panels, the flat shapes atop homes, carports, office buildings and elsewhere come to mind. This typical design has its pluses and minuses, but has long been the industry standard. MIT researchers, however, look to be turning that model on its head, unveiling interesting new research that suggests 3-D designs could dramatically increase the solar power generated from a given area.

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