Molecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage and release system
Journal article, 2012

A device for solar energy storage and release based on a reversible chemical reaction is demonstrated. A highly soluble derivative of a (fulvalene) diruthenium (FvRu(2)) 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.




Kasper Moth-Poulsen

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Applied Surface Chemistry

D. Coso

University of California

Karl Börjesson

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Polymer Technology

N. Vinokurov

University of California

S. K. Meier

University of California

A. Majumdar

University of California

K. P. C. Vollhardt

University of California

R. A. Segalman

University of California

Energy and Environmental Sciences

1754-5692 (ISSN)

Vol. 5 9 8534-8537

Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage and Conversion

Swedish Research Council (VR), 2012-01-01 -- 2015-12-31.

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Energy Engineering

Chemical Sciences

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Materials Science



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