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New solar energy storage technology could revolutionize the energy industry

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To get away from our society's reliance on fossil fuels, we need to keep innovating new ways to harness and use renewable energy — and a team of scientists from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden is doing just that. After nearly 10 years of work, the scientists have discovered a unique way to harness solar energy, put it in storage for up to a decade, and later release it as heat, as reported by Bloomberg

To do all that, the team — led by Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Kasper Moth-Poulsen — developed three new technologies to make that vision a reality: an energy-trapping molecule, an energy storage system (that stores energy in the form of heat), and a laminate coating for windows and fabrics that will store thermal energy, as per Bloomberg.