The Sun has been supplying our planet with unlimited clean energy for about 4.6 billion years - and only recently we are storing this solar power in batteries. But solar power isn’t so practical in this form, the main reason why fossil fuels continue to be used - although all this could change.
Researchers in Sweden have uncovered a fluid that works exactly like a rechargeable battery. However, the fluid is charged by the sun and the energy can be stored for up to 18 years - the energy is then released by simply adding a catalyst. To give you all a bit more faith, the researchers have tested the fluid during 125 cycles and it has shown no degradation whatsoever - unlike many lithium batteries that become sluggish after repeated use. It is estimated that this technology could be with us within the next 10 years - maybe then we’ll be enjoying the perks of free, clean energy by then?
Exciting discoveries by Jeffrey Grossman and his team.