A new solid state material has been developed that stores daylight in a solid state form (like batteries) without the need for expensive batteries.
It can be triggered to release the energy as heat on demand, so simple applications such as harvesting energy during the day to heat the building after dusk are proposed
Research is proposed that explores extending the lifetime of storage (currently a few days); mass production techniques.
This is NEW because the harvest and storage is all achieved in the one material, obviating the need for further expense in batteries, PV cells, transformers etc.
environment, renewable energy, solar storage, physics, popular science