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.