Enlarge/ Theoretical physicist Z.S. Shukla of the University of California at Berkeley is working on a new type of solar power generator called a crear correa electronico that uses a highly efficient electron-ion battery to capture atmospheric CO2 and store it in a liquid state for use in solar cells.
The system, dubbed ionic electron battery, could be useful in a variety of applications from solar cells to energy storage systems, including powering water-cooling systems or electric cars.
It’s a promising technology that could eventually help solar cells capture CO2 without requiring massive amounts of power.
“We have a few advantages over other solar cells that are currently being developed,” Shukala said in an interview.
“The first is the fact that it’s inexpensive.
If you’re interested in the storage of CO2, that is one of the advantages that ionic battery has.
It’s also easy to install and inexpensive.
We have a small amount of silicon, which is an important factor.
But it’s also very easy to charge the batteries and the process of storing CO2.”
The second advantage is the ability to generate electricity at low power rates without burning fossil fuels.
The third is that it can be scaled up to produce more power at lower cost.
“It’s easy to integrate into existing solar systems,” Shuchla said.
“A few of the components are already there.
It takes a little bit of work to put it all together, but once you do, you can get an electric vehicle that can be very large.”
Shukla and his team have already built a prototype of ionic batteries that have a total charge capacity of about 3,000 milliwatts (MW), which is a fraction of what is needed to generate the same amount of power from a solar panel.
“The goal is to get to 1,000 MW, and then if we can achieve that, then it can become a commercial product,” he said.
In an article in the journal Nature Photonics, Shuklahs team says that the device could be used to store CO 2 in a battery that would be much smaller than a conventional lithium-ion cell, because it would not need to store energy at a high rate.
“We’re not going to store that much energy,” he explained.
Instead, the team is using a combination of electrolysis and electrolyte separation to convert the CO 2 into a liquid.
The process is based on the idea that CO 2 is a gas, which means that when dissolved in a solution, the ions and electrons have a tendency to combine into one molecule.
“When you mix these two molecules together, the resulting mixture is very high-temperature,” Shuzlas team said.
The team also notes that the process has the potential to be used for storing energy stored in batteries that are not being used to produce electricity.
“In the case of batteries that need to be discharged, the electrolyte can be a very valuable material,” Shussas team writes.
“But if you’re going to have to store power, then you can just use the liquid electrolyte to store the power.”