Swedish scientists say they have solved one of the challenges of solar energy: how to store the sun’s heat for later use. The team from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg have designed a liquid molecule made of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that traps and stores the sun’s energy until a catalyst triggers its release as heat when required.
They say the technology has the potential to provide heat on demand to homes, vehicles and even clothing. The molecule can be used to make a laminate that can be applied to windows or a moving vehicle; the coating collects solar energy and releases heat, reducing the electricity required for heating spaces and curbing carbon emissions.
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