Scientists at the University of Queensland have built the world’s smallest solar energy power plant that uses nothing but water to produce electricity.
The research team says the system is possible because of the unique properties of the water that forms the ‘layers’.
The research is published in the journal Nature Energy.
The team has created a system of three layers that have been combined together to create the liquid water.
“We can make the water into a very efficient battery for this kind of system, as well as a very simple solar system,” says Dr Mark Horsman, from the University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The system consists of a series of tiny pipes that are arranged into three layers, one above the other, the water being pumped through them and the layers separated by thin layers.
These layers are connected by a liquid, which is the fuel.
“The water is pumped into the pipes, which then carry the energy into the grid,” Dr Horsmen explains.
“It is a very fast process that can be controlled from anywhere in the world.
It is quite a novel technology.”
The team says it has been able to achieve a large output of solar energy by using a solar battery and a solar turbine that run at high temperatures.
The electricity produced is about 10 times more efficient than a conventional battery.
“If you look at the total cost of electricity from the battery, it is about 20 per cent more efficient,” says lead author Professor Steve Wright from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
So it is not just about the cost, it’s also about the energy you get. “
But this reduction is also very fast.
The research was funded by the National Energy Research Organisation, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. “
That is a real advantage.”
The research was funded by the National Energy Research Organisation, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
“You can have a solar system with a battery and then an energy storage system,” explains co-author Professor Tom McInerney.
“And then you can have an energy conversion system that produces electricity for the grid, and then a solar power system that is actually capturing and storing energy.”
The system is also relatively easy to install.
The researchers say that in terms, efficiency, the system could be built within a year.
“There is no special equipment required,” says Professor Wright.
“Basically, it takes just a few minutes to build.
It’s easy to make a simple system out of materials you already have in your kitchen.
It has only a few things to do.””
A lot of people think the technology is very advanced, but it is actually quite simple.
It has only a few things to do.”