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MIT research update: New way to store sun's heat
Date:7/13/2011

energy in a given amount of space about 10,000 times higher in volumetric energy density, Kolpak says making its energy density comparable to lithium-ion batteries. By using nanofabrication methods, "you can control [the molecules'] interactions, increasing the amount of energy they can store and the length of time for which they can store it and most importantly, you can control both independently," she says.

Thermo-chemical storage of solar energy uses a molecule whose structure changes when exposed to sunlight, and can remain stable in that form indefinitely. Then, when nudged by a stimulus a catalyst, a small temperature change, a flash of light it can quickly snap back to its other form, releasing its stored energy in a burst of heat. Grossman describes it as creating a rechargeable heat battery with a long shelf life, like a conventional battery.

One of the great advantages of the new approach to harnessing solar energy, Grossman says, is that it simplifies the process by combining energy harvesting and storage into a single step. "You've got a material that both converts and stores energy," he says. "It's robust, it doesn't degrade, and it's cheap." One limitation, however, is that while this process is useful for heating applications, to produce electricity would require another conversion step, using thermoelectric devices or producing steam to run a generator.

While the new work shows the energy-storage capability of a specific type of molecule azobenzene-functionalized carbon nanotubes Grossman says the way the material was designed involves "a general concept that can be applied to many new materials." Many of these have already been synthesized by other researchers for different applications, and would simply need to have their properties fine-tuned for solar thermal storage.

The key to controlling solar thermal storage is an energy barrier separating the two stable states the molecule can adopt; the detailed
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Contact: Caroline McCall
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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