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New material stores solar energy for later use
Sometimes in small spaces there is a need to store large reserves of solar energy, while such a role has only a conventional battery or batteries. In the laboratory all a bit different, there has already developed a unique material, which could in its structure to accumulate the Sun"s energy. What and how, scientists have not yet widely advertised, but something interesting in the network has already leaked.
Most solar systems are focused on the conversion of solar energy into electricity, but scientists believe that they can save more energy if you keep the sun"s heat, not electricity. The team from Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) have developed a new type of material that does just that.
When it is exposed to sunlight, it gradually becomes a different condition, which can be a long period of time. When the material moves to its primary state, it allocates a large amount of heat. A chemical reaction occurs which generates heat.
The material is thin and transparent, and scientists believe that one day he will be able to serve for quick defrosting of car Windows, it is also possible it is a good solution for heating houses and even tailoring special winter clothing.
The production of thin films of this material is a process in two stages and, according to scientists, a very simple and easy method, it has been dubbed the method of skanirovanie. Scientists start with the source material, which is called azobenzene, he and change chemical composition when exposed to light. The layer of this substance, covered with a special film, which allows to regulate the passage of heat. What kind of a... Warm, and not released ago!
The current prototype can raise the temperature 10 degrees, this would be enough to remove the ice from the car windshield in the winter.
The team needs to work a lot on changing the hue of the material, which is currently a yellowish color, in the future it needs to be transparent and can heat up 20 degrees. However, the existing prototype is good enough for commercial applications and can be manufactured relatively easily.
When something appears on the market, it is hard to say. The development of commercial use has not yet been found.