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(Christian Science Monitor)   Scientists make solar power work at night, finally explain Corey Hart   (csmonitor.com) divider line 12
    More: Interesting, solar power, solar thermal, lithium ions, scientists, new class, carbon nanotubes, implements, Nature Chemistry  
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2014-04-17 12:26:59 PM
So ... molecular batteries?
 
2014-04-17 01:30:17 PM
 
2014-04-17 01:38:04 PM
I'm reminded of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book from my childhood where, in a desert, you come across an item in the sand next to a sign. 
The sign reads 'do not touch this item'. The item is a thermal storage unit, which has been baking in the sun for years. If you touch the item, you are incinerated.
Of course, just to be dicks, the authors had a previous sign kill you if you read it.
 
2014-04-17 01:45:04 PM
A plant in Arizona solved the problem by using thermal solar instead of photovoltaic.  Concentrated solar energy heats up molten sodium, which retains enough heat to drive steam turbines for a few hours after dark.  But they don't draw so much heat after hours to allow the sodium to revert back into a solid.  Wash, rinse, repeat the next day.
 
2014-04-17 01:50:57 PM
I'm really digging solar power advances. I'm aiming for the next time I move, it'll be to buy a house that has decent enough exposure (and land) to install a decent array.
 
2014-04-17 01:51:49 PM
Complete bullshiat.

Nothing can explain Corey Hart.
 
2014-04-17 02:00:32 PM

Nadie_AZ: So ... molecular batteries?


So, I can relax?

/yeah, kinda old.
 
2014-04-17 03:22:21 PM
And for those in the back, (or too young)...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2LTL8KgKv8
 
2014-04-17 03:26:48 PM
These days Corey Hart is wearing his bifocals at night so he can find the toilet at the retirement home.
 
2014-04-17 07:55:25 PM

SpdrJay: These days Corey Hart is wearing his bifocals at night so he can find the toilet at the retirement home.


Government's deceiving me, 
Cuts my social security 
Matlock is on, you see
I lay in bed all day...
 
2014-04-17 08:09:26 PM

SpdrJay: These days Corey Hart is wearing his bifocals at night so he can find the toilet at the retirement home.


Black cars are now invisible in the shade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m39piBT2vE
 
2014-04-17 09:49:17 PM
My excitement for these types of breakthroughs is predicated on the verb used to describe them.  Scientists might have captured solar power at night?  I might be interested.  New treatment could possibly cure some forms of cancer?  I could possibly give some form of a shiat.
 
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