Solar panels are a well known source of alternative energy. However, they are often discredited for not being very efficient, in that they do not convert as much energy as they could. However, these cylindrical solar panels made by Solyndra generate more energy.
And really it all is in the form. Apparently, the cylindrical shape makes it so more solar cells are in a more compact area. They are, in fact, curved into a glass tube. This increases energy output substantially, especially when compared to the output of a standard solar panel, which is typically flat.
These solar panels would also be easier to install on roofs of homes and big business buildings alike. This is definitely a step in the right direction toward greater energy efficiency. It's about time we start having more options on the table.