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A device that stores liquid sunlight could power your phone one day

A system for trapping sunlight as thermal energy within molecules and then converting it to electricity could be a portable replacement for batteries Technology 13 May 2022 By Rachel Parsons This liquid can store sunshineChalmers University of Technology A rechargeable device that stores thermal energy from the sun in a liquid or solid form and…

A system that captures sunlight as thermal energy in molecules, and then converts it to electricity could replace batteries



Technology



13 May 2022

By Rachel Parsons

Liquid

This liquid can store sunshine

Chalmers University of Technology

A rechargeable device that stores solar energy in liquid or solid forms and converts it into electricity when necessary could be used to power your smartphone, eliminating the need to use batteries.

Kasper Moth-Poulsen at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and his colleagues have designed a substance consisting of molecules made up of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that is capable of storing solar energy for months or even years.

The molecules change their shape when they are exposed to light from …

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