MIT Energy Storage Discovery Could Lead to ‘Unlimited’ Solar Power

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new way of storing energy from sunlight that could lead to ‘unlimited’ solar power.

The process, loosely based on plant photosynthesis, uses solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases. When needed, the gases can then be re-combined in a fuel cell, creating carbon-free electricity whether the sun is shining or not.

According to project leader Prof. Daniel Nocera, “This is the nirvana of what we’ve been talking about for years. Solar power has always been a limited, far-off solution. Now, we can seriously think about solar power as unlimited and soon.”


One thought on “MIT Energy Storage Discovery Could Lead to ‘Unlimited’ Solar Power

  1. Saul Wall

    Unlimited is an interesting word choice. I assume it means that it would overcome the limits of our current energy needs and maybe even meet projected demand for a fully developed planetary economy (i.e. no poor nations) for some time. But I suspect that extra uses for energy could rapidly be developed if “unlimited” energy were available.

    Whether this innovation will meet expectations it is certainly fascinating how such technologies are progressing.

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