Solar Energy, All Night Long – Forbes.com

Solar Energy, All Night Long – Forbes.com

Imagine being able to solve our energy problems, by taking enough energy from the sun in just one hour to power the planet’s energy needs for a year ?

This is exactly what MIT professor Daniel G. Nocera has being betting on for the past six months.

His discovery–a cheap and easy way to store energy that he thinks will be used to change solar power into a mainstream energy source.

See, plants catch light and turn it into an electric current, then use that energy to excite catalysts that split water into hydrogen and oxygen during what is called photosynthesis’ light cycle.  The energy is then used during the dark cycle to allow the plant to build sugars used for growth and energy storage.

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