Material can store sunlight and release it later as heat

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Solar power is the most successful example of sunlight being converted into useful energy and we have seen a number of projects using this technology on a small scale such as Repurpose school bags. Now, researchers at MIT have developed a new material that can store solar energy during the day to be released later as heat. The material is a transparent polymer film, which can be applied to surfaces including clothing or windows. When the film is exposed to the sun it triggers a chemical reaction in the material and the chemical compounds are altered at the molecular level.…

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