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New rechargeable solar battery has the potential to revolutionise the solar market
October 6, 2014
A group of Ohio State University scientists led by Professor Yiying Wu could have just re-revolutionised the solar market with a new development on existing technology.
The new development is actually a redevelopment of the existing solar cell. Wu and his team have managed to ‘double up’ the cell with a working rechargeable battery. This allows users to take full advantage of the benefits of both markets.
Solar powered batteries have long been one of the most talked about technological developments, but this solar panel battery has the capacity to be even more effective than anything currently in development.
How does the process work?
Essentially, Wu and his team have managed to create a ‘breathing battery’. The combination of the solar panel battery with titanium mesh gauze, titanium dioxide, permeable carbon and a lithium plate form the intricate technology behind the device.
Now, solar panels, while an astonishing development, have a number of rather significant flaws. One of these ‘blemishes’ is the loss of over 20% of the energy during transfer from the cell to storage.
Wu has predicted that his new device has the potential to make what is currently available 100% more efficient, which would lower solar costs by over 25%. This development, if there are no issues, would revitalise the industry and green technology.
Revitalising an industry with unlimited potential
When the idea of solar power first came to prominence, everybody involved in the development thought that it would be the divine answer to green issues. However, even though early developments made substantial process in the renewable-energy market, development had somewhat come to a proverbial standstill, but this development could really change that.
According to a recent report, the two factors that currently stop people from buying solar technology over other alternatives are the price of installation and equipment and the ineffectiveness of the device both in the sun and at night. As mentioned previously, this development has the potential to both lower costs and increase efficiency substantially, which will revitalise the market.
While the technology looks like it is ready, the reality is that the process is still very much in the early stages. Wu and his team have recently filed for a patent and are currently in the process of getting the product licensed so that they can sell and distribute it all around the world.