New development could increase solar panel energy storage from a few microseconds to several weeks

06/18/2015 - 00:00

By Melody Pupols -

The materials in most of today’s residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time. A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks — an advance that could change the way scientists think about designing solar cells.

The new design is inspired by the way that plants generate energy through photosynthesis.


Ref:  Long-lived photoinduced polaron formation in conjugated polyelectrolyte-fullerene assemblies Science (2015) | DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa6850