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Storing Solar Power -- For the Long Haul

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Storing Solar Power—For the Long Haul

Scientists have discovered how to store energy that’s been harvested from the sun for an indefinite amount of time, The Atlantic reports. Using photoswitches, molecules that act like rechargeable batteries, researchers were able to absorb energy from sunlight, store it, and then release it when needed. The findings, published online this week in Nature Chemistry, could be used to help heat homes, water, and cooking devices.

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