Breakthrough on Solar Energy Storage

MIT has made a breakthrough in energy storage, one of the main obstacles to effective use of solar energy: “Inspired by the photosynthesis performed by plants, Nocera and Matthew Kanan, a postdoctoral fellow in Nocera’s lab, have developed an unprecedented process that will allow the sun’s energy to be used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases. Later, the oxygen and hydrogen may be recombined inside a fuel cell, creating carbon-free electricity to power your house or your electric car, day or night.”

Solar is the only energy source that can hope to resolve the energy and climate crises, so this is big.

Some readers are unaware of the physical constraints on how much power can be generated by various sources globally. The physics of the need for breakthroughs in solar power are inflexible.

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