Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery?
October 03, 2014 - Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery.
In the October 3, 2014 issue of the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report that they’ve succeeded in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device.
Key to the innovation is a mesh solar panel, which allows air to enter the battery, and a special process for transferring electrons between the solar panel and the battery electrode. Inside the device, light and oxygen enable different parts of the chemical reactions that charge the battery.World’s first “solar battery” runs on light and air read more>>>