Is An “Optical Battery” Near?

I am waiting for the new alternative energies to be announced. As fossil fuels become more expensive or we near peak oil, I expect some new Tesla-inspired energy source to be announced.  Today, we learn that scientists may have found a way to do away with solar panels by means of an “optical battery“.

Light has electric and magnetic components. Until now, scientists thought the effects of the magnetic field were so weak that they could be ignored. What Rand and his colleagues found is that at the right intensity, when light is traveling through a material that does not conduct electricity, the light field can generate magnetic effects that are 100 million times stronger than previously expected. Under these circumstances, the magnetic effects develop strength equivalent to a strong electric effect.

Wouldn’t it be incredible if we could focus sunlight on a non conductive material that would become a charged battery?

Hat tip to ActivistPost at Before It’s News.

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