Solar panel with integral battery

solar-battery-lithium-oxygen-diagram-640x319Is it a solar panel with integrated battery, or a battery with an integrated solar panel?  No matter which way you look at it, this new technology being developed at Ohio State is pretty cool.  This solar panel has a layer inside that acts as an energy storage medium.  No separate charge controllers like an external battery would require.  It’s just a solar panel that can continue to supply power once the sun goes down.  Since it’s still in the research stage there’s no word on capacity and those details, but it’s a really neat idea that I hope takes off.  Read more at  ExtremeTech.