Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory masthead A-Z Index Berkeley Lab masthead U.S. Department of Energy logo Phone Book Jobs Search
Tech Transfer
Licensing Interest Form Receive Customized Tech Alerts

Solar Energy Storage, Transportation and Conversion

IB-2603

APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY:

ADVANTAGES:           

ABSTRACT:

Researchers at Berkeley Lab have developed a system for converting solar energy to chemical energy and, subsequently, to thermal energy. The system includes a light-harvesting station, a storage station, and a thermal energy release station. Additional stations may be included to convert the released thermal energy to other energy forms such as electrical energy and mechanical work.

At the light harvesting station, a photochemically active first organometallic compound is exposed to light and is photochemically converted to a second, higher energy organometallic compound, which is then transported to a storage station where it is stored for a desired time and/or is transported to a desired location for thermal energy release. At the thermal energy release station, the high energy organometallic compound is catalytically converted back to the photochemically active organometallic compound by an exothermic process, while the released thermal energy is captured for subsequent use.

STATUS: Published PCT patent application WO/2010/009052 available at www.wipo.int. Available for licensing or collaborative research.

SEE THESE OTHER BERKELEY LAB TECHNOLOGIES IN THIS FIELD:

Heat Transfer Interface for Thermo-Solar Energy, IB-2604

Direct Conversion of Light into Work, IB-2706           

Nanostructured Water Oxidation Catalysts, IB-2832

REFERENCE NUMBER: IB-2603

See More Energy Technologies
Last updated: 11/15/2010