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UW-Madison scientist designs new solar heating, storage panel

Solar Panels (courtesy of WikiCommons).
Solar Panels (courtesy of WikiCommons).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A scientist at UW-Madison says he has designed a new type of solar heating panel that attracts energy from sunlight – and stores it in the same panel.

Researcher Hongrui Jiang says most solar facilities attract and store energy separately. He said he wanted to develop a panel that can do both.

Jiang is an engineering professor who heads the UW’s Micro-Nano Sensors and Actuators’ Lab.

His research is being done on a very tiny scale. It’s designed to create a solar and battery device as part of a project to create a tunable contact lens for people who are far-sighted.

The research is being done under a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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