How do we create a sustainable and clean electricity supply?
With a new paper in Nature Energy, researchers from the University of Adelaide have created a sustainable, high-power electrical device using organic carbon and oxygen that can be attached to a solar-powered battery pack and powered by the sun.
The solar-powering material is made of an oxygen isotope with an extremely low level of oxygen, making it ideal for high-pressure-discharge applications.
The team used an oxygen-based polymer and a catalyst, which together formed a composite with an ultra-low oxygen content, which makes it highly suitable for high pressure discharge applications.
“Our research is focused on high-performance electronics and materials that are able to convert organic compounds into low-power devices with a low operating temperature,” Professor David Sowders, from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University, said.
“We are using organic oxygen as a low-cost material that can provide the power of a solar battery.
We have shown that a combination of the organic oxygen and a catalytic polymer can form a very low-pressure battery that can operate at extremely low temperatures, enabling a wide range of high-temperature applications.
This new solar-based battery technology could revolutionise the world’s energy supply, providing a new source of clean power in a rapidly changing environment.”
The potential of the new material to generate clean electricity is huge, and we believe that its use will change the way people and companies do business in a range of industries.
“Researchers at the Centre for Energy Storage and Solar Energy, at the Australian National University, have shown a way to convert CO 2 into a useful chemical.
This chemical is one of the most abundant organic compounds in the Earths atmosphere, making the solar-cell the first one to be made with it.
This research could lead to the creation of a range, including the first commercially available solar-charging materials.”
These materials are so abundant, they are being overlooked by companies because they are so expensive, and this is just a step in that direction,” Professor Sowds said.
The research was funded by the Australian Research Council’s Advanced Energy Projects program and a collaboration with the Australian Centre for Sustainable Energy.