Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a new way of storing energy from sunlight that could lead to ‘unlimited’ solar power.The bad news? "Ten years to market" -- that sounds awfully familiar...
The process, loosely based on plant photosynthesis, uses solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases. When needed, the gases can then be re-combined in a fuel cell, creating carbon-free electricity whether the sun is shining or not.
Bottom Line: Technology can help us with supply issues (and sometimes demand issues -- if demand doesn't go elsewhere), but institutions (prices, rules, habits) also play a role.
hattip to DS