Plant power to store energy?

Premier Global Holdings Corporation holds the rights to a pending patent for a combined solar power generation and storage unit based on photosynthesis, the process plants use to convert the sun’s rays into chemical energy.

Now DayStar Technologies, a developer of thin film photovoltaic solutions, has acquired the rights to the technology through its purchase of 100% of the outstanding shares in Premier, reports Solar Thermal Magazine.

The technology itself was originally developed at the University of British Columbia and consists of light-harvesting molecules suspended in an electrolyte and mediator molecules which store charge until extracted via electrodes. Needless to say, if DayStar can find a commercial application for the technology it would be a real game-changer.