Storing solar energy in the strangest places: Will Chueh at TEDxStanford

Storing solar energy in the strangest places: Will Chueh at TEDxStanford

Will Chueh is an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and a center fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford. Chueh received his master’s degree (2010) in applied physics and doctorate in materials science from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, he was a Distinguished Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. Chueh has received numerous honors, including the Caltech DemetriadesTsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Energy (2012), the Josephine de Karman Fellowship (2009) and the American Ceramics Society Diamond Award (2008). In 2012, he was named as one of the “top 35 innovators under the age of 35” by MIT Technology Review.

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20 Responses to Storing solar energy in the strangest places: Will Chueh at TEDxStanford

  1. Julia Lerner says:

    why not just hook solar panels up to air compressor and run motors on the compressed air?

  2. TribalGlobe says:

    Talk to Stanley Meyer… Oh too late, the FBI took him out

  3. dpx forever says:

    Impressive! Though it is only a theory.

  4. discountbrains says:

    Hey PhD genius, I simply mow my 1 acre of grass and weeds, collect the dried matter which is cellulose, and burn it for heat in Winter or it might be used for other fuel. The Sun in Summer makes the grass turn CO2 from the air into cellulose and when its burned no more CO2 goes into the air than was collected in the first place.

  5. shinn_33 says:

    I was thinking otherwise – store the light as compressed light and release it when needed but how? well, we can compress air, why not light!

  6. Carrie Oakey says:

    I respect his knowledge but Tedx should push harder on having speakers with a neutral accent do the presentations. I could barely understand most of what Prof. Chueh was saying.

  7. Walt Hodgson says:

    I learned nothing from that presentation.

  8. TheRealBarni11 says:

    I don't understand the "strangest places" in the title. What's strange about that? I came here for interesting new storage approaches but to be fair the video is three years old.

  9. Jess Stuart says:

    I think the take-away is they've managed to use iron-oxide as a high-temperature catalyst for electrolyzing water.

  10. waht mmm says:

    high pitch sound of his voice is giving me a little x.

  11. tenj00 says:

    Play at 1.25. Thank me later

  12. SOMESH VALANKE says:

    This is why some idiots investing in fuel cell

  13. Achal H P says:

    Thorium Molten Salt Reactors and Nuclear fusion need help from innovator like Will Chueh.

    Solar Energy has limitations:

    Dilute : need large area * Seasonal variations – Need fossil power backup * Intermittent on hourly basis – need battery/pumped hydro backup * Location specific

  14. Getranke Nomimono says:

    so they are microwaving the iron oxide solution to kick off the reaction. pretty simple. a little goes a long way…

  15. ЯссенГрегорович says:

    Terrible idea. Containing hydrogen gas is difficult. It leaks everywhere because it's such a tiny molecule. Also, metal gets brittle if H2 passes through it at high pressure, which means pipelines eventually crack. You'd be better off creating methane from CO2 and H2O.

  16. T Samuel says:

    so how far along are they?

  17. free thinker says:

    hey, symbol for hydrogen is H, not H2

  18. Cecil Mills says:

    if you were an insurance company, would YOU insure H2 cars ? me neither

  19. Cecil Mills says:

    you forgot H202 we can run our cars on it repair the air with it , store it cheap and it stores lots more farradays than batteriesl
    OH YEAH this is a government funded program – well youre stuck in the box if you take their money
    We are looking for things that work
    You know Honda is already making solar H2 ? they dont know about H202 either
    Read "Technical Bulletin #46" from the manufacturing chemists association

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