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Author's Note: Can you store solar energy in rust and water?

It's pretty exciting to think that the science of using solar energy -- which has always been branded the Energy of the Clean Future -- is actually making really big strides. And while getting a big picture of the efficiency of it is one thing, it's another for scientists to dedicate themselves to making a cheap version that consumers can actually use. Perhaps the idea will catch on, and I can finally get that car that runs on expired diet soda.

Sources

  • Focus. "Turning Rust into Gold: Solar Energy Breakthrough." Israel Institute of Technology. Nov. 12, 2012. (Jan. 3, 2013) http://www.focus.technion.ac.il/Feb11/newsStory.asp?id=202
  • NLAB Solar. "Dye-sensitized solar cells." NLAB Solar. 2012. (Jan. 3, 2013) http://www.nlabsolar.com/dye-sensitized-solar-cells
  • Pousaz, Lionel. "Using rust and water to store solar energy as hydrogen." École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Nov. 11, 2012. (Jan. 3, 2013) http://actu.epfl.ch/news/using-rust-and-water-to-store-solar-energy-as-hydr/