Material generates steam with high solar efficiency

07/22/2014 | Gizmag

A sponge-like composite of graphite flakes on a bed of carbon foam that floats on water is said to be 100 times as efficient as conventional solar generators in producing steam. Possible applications for the material, developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, include desalination and sterilization systems in remote areas where sunlight is the only power source.

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