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Molecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage and release system

TitleMolecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage and release system
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMoth-Poulsen, Kasper, Dušan Ćoso, Karl Börjesson, Nikolai Vinokurov, Steven K. Meier, Arun Majumdar, Peter C. K. Vollhardt, and Rachel A. Segalman
JournalEnergy & Environmental Science
Date Published2012-08-15
ISBN Number1754-5706

A device for solar energy storage and release based on a reversible chemical reaction is demonstrated. A highly soluble derivative of a (fulvalene)diruthenium (FvRu2) system is synthesized, capable of storing solar energy (110 J g−1) in the form of chemical bonds and then releasing it “on demand”, when excited thermally or catalytically. A microfluidic device is designed and constructed for both the photo-harvesting and the heat-utilization steps, allowing for the recycling of material.

Short TitleEnergy Environ. Sci.