Scientists Announce: 18-Year Solar Energy Storage Now Possible



Solar power is rapidly becoming a viable and sustainable energy source, thanks to recent scientific breakthroughs that have made it possible to store solar energy for extended periods of time.

One such breakthrough came in 2017, when a  team of researchers  at the Chalmers  University of Technology  in Gothenburg, Sweden, developed a revolutionary energy storage system called ‘MOST’ (Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage Systems).

The MOST system utilizes a specially designed molecule of carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen. This molecule changes shape when it comes into contact with sunlight, creating an ‘energy-rich isomer’.

Using this technology  means solar energy can be  captured and stored, then release heat without depending on weather, time of day, season, or geographical location; that’s what the research leader, Kasper Moth-Poulsen Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers explains.

One of the significant benefits of this system is that it is closed and circular, meaning that it operates without causing CO2 emissions. This makes it a great candidate for use in renewable energy systems.

This technology can potentially replace batteries and solar cells and revolutionize how we use the sun’s energy. While this breakthrough is undoubtedly exciting, the researchers caution that it will take time for the technology to be fully integrated into our lives.

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