Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Solar Power Breakthrough

Solar Power Breakthrough Stores Energy for Later Use: "Solar Power Breakthrough Stores Energy for Later Use
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, August 2, 2008 (ENS) - Within 10 years, homeowners could power their homes in daylight with solar photovoltaic cells, while using excess solar energy to produce hydrogen and oxygen from water to power a household fuel cell. If the new process developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds acceptance in the marketplace, electricity-by-wire from a central source could be a thing of the past.

'This is the nirvana of what we've been talking about for years,' said MIT's Daniel Nocera, senior author of a paper describing the simple, inexpensive, and efficient process for storing solar energy in the July 31 issue of the journal 'Science.'

'Solar power has always been a limited, far-off solution. Now we can seriously think about solar power as unlimited and soon,' Nocera said..."