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Molecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage and release system

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Abstract

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.

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Submitted
01 Jun 2012
Accepted
17 Jul 2012
First published
17 Jul 2012

Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 8534-8537
Article type
Communication

Molecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage and release system

K. Moth-Poulsen, D. Ćoso, K. Börjesson, N. Vinokurov, S. K. Meier, A. Majumdar, K. P. C. Vollhardt and R. A. Segalman, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 8534
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE22426G

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