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The sun is constantly throwing out energy when it is in the sky. The catch is that to use that energy during a storm or at night, we need a way to store the energy for later. MIT has invented a new material that makes it possible to store solar energy and then release that energy as heat on demand.

The big deal with this solar energy is that it doesn't involve the use of batteries. The storage of the solar energy comes in the form of a chemical reaction in the new material. The material is in the form of a transparent polymer film that could be used in multiple applications.

For instance, the film could be used in a car windshield that could remove ice or a layer inside a jacket to keep people warm in cold temperatures outdoors. The creation of the material was made possible thanks to the use of a molecule that exists in two states and one of the states is able to store lots of energy.


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