New composite material to use sun's heat for cheaper renewable electricity

New composite material to use sun’s heat for cheaper renewable electricity



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A Purdue University-led team developed a new ceramic-metal composite and manufacturing process that would make one way to use solar power – as heat energy – more efficient in generating electricity.

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“Storing solar energy as heat can already be cheaper than storing energy via batteries, so the next step is reducing the cost of generating electricity from the sun’s heat with the added benefit of zero greenhouse gas emissions,” said Kenneth Sandhage, Purdue’s Reilly Professor of Materials Engineering.

The research, done at Purdue University in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, published in the journal Nature.

The work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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