Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Efficiency ( Solar Thermal Magazine) – Researchers at MIT have developed a new sponge like material structure which can store solar energy in a very efficient way. The new material is able to make use of 85% of the incoming solar energy by converting water into steam. The material can produce steam even if there is very low available ambient sunlight.
Concentrated solar thermal technology today involves vast fields of mirrors or lenses that concentrate incoming sunlight, heating large volumes of liquid to high enough temperatures to produce steam.
This new material is said to be inexpensive and easy to manufacture.
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