Solar Energy

Solar Energy Storage & Transport Technology Sans Solar Panels : Developed From New Research

Two universities in China and Sweden have devised a method for harvesting the sun’s rays. Transporting and storing them in order to generate power from them later. Nothing but regular solar cells and batteries will be required to make happen solar energy.

“Storing energy with molecular photoisomers” was publish in the Joule journal in December 2021 by a team of researchers. For up to 18 years, Solar energy may now be store chemically in a certain type of molecular molecule. The technique terms as (Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage Systems) technology.

When this molecule comes into touch with sunlight, it undergoes a chemical transformation. Stores part of that energy in new chemical bonds. With the inclusion of a catalyst, this chemical energy subsequently converts into thermal energy. As long as there is enough sunshine to power it. The gadget may be utilise to store and distribute thermal energy.

However, the first challenge with storing energy utilising MOST technology was that this energy. It only transform into thermal energy by means of a catalyzer.

The versatility of electrical energy, which is power a wide range of equipment and applications, much outweighs that of thermal energy, which may be utilise for numerous purposes including heating. There are currently no efficient technology for converting thermal energy into electricity large enough to be use in MOST systems.

The project’s goal  is to store solar energy as chemical energy within organic molecules. After then, when we wish to utilise the stored solar power, we release it as heatatA postdoctoral in Chalmers University at Sweden and primary author of the article, Zhihang Wang, told the Indian Express that the next step was to turn the stored energy into electricity.

Wang and his colleagues devised a novel ultrathin chip-based device to transform the thermal energy generated by the MOST system to electrical energy in order to overcome this portion of the problem.

Researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China received chemical molecules containing stored energy from Chalmers University in Sweden. However, the nanowatt-scale thermal energy converts into electrical energy via a chip-based technology.. A supplementary research titled “Chip-scale solar thermal electrical power production” describes this innovative new technique and It is publish in the Cell Reports Physical Science journal.

It is hope that the combined MOST and chip-scale power production system used for a wide range of applications.

It is possible to transfer solar energy produced in areas with plenty of sunshine to areas with less exposure. Previously, we devise a method for releasing thermal energy that put to various uses, such as home heating. As Wang explains, “But now this technology has the power to generate power from it.”

Other regions near the North or South poles that have months of sunlight follows by months of winter might benefit from this approach as well. , MOST technology may be utilise to store solar energy during the months when there is little or no sunshine and release it when the sun is shining again.

Despite its early stage, the technology has a lot of potential for a wide range of uses. If the chip scale thermal electricity harvesting device can be used in mobile devices to recycle heat from the devices’ internals and turn it back to power, Wang has not ruled it out. However, the team’s research interests do not include such an application.