Jena research team presents novel approach to the storage of solar energy
Using the energy from the sun as efficiently as nature does and converting it into chemical energy could drastically reduce global CO2 emissions. A research team from the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena has now come one step closer to this vision. The researchers have developed a chemical system that collects light energy and stores it on a molecule for at least 14 hours. Based on a copper complex, their system thus decouples photochemical processes from the day-night cycle — thus overcoming a barrier that previously made solar-powered photochemistry unsuitable for continuous industrial production processes. The researchers published the results in the renowned "Journal of the American Chemical Society" in August 2020.