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    Big breakthrough announced today. They created software for focusing mirrors on a single point and capture the heat being generated. They were able to hit over 1,800 degrees Celsius

    It certainly won't be something for residential level but it can be harnessed for centralized production ala power plant and private sector for steel/cement/etc production. It's not enough heat for sustained nuclear fusion reactor unfortunately but still huge breakthrough

    A secretive startup backed by Bill Gates has achieved a solar breakthrough aimed at saving the planet.

    Heliogen, a clean energy company that emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday, said it has discovered a way to use artificial intelligence and a field of mirrors to reflect so much sunlight that it generates extreme heat above 1,000 degrees Celsius.

    Essentially, Heliogen created a solar oven — one capable of reaching temperatures that are roughly a quarter of what you'd find on the surface of the sun.


    The breakthrough means that, for the first time, concentrated solar energy can be used to create the extreme heat required to make cement, steel, glass and other industrial processes. In other words, carbon-free sunlight can replace fossil fuels in a heavy carbon-emitting corner of the economy that has been untouched by the clean energy revolution.

    "We are rolling out technology that can beat the price of fossil fuels and also not make the CO2 emissions," Bill Gross, Heliogen's founder and CEO, told CNN Business. "And that's really the holy grail."

    Heliogen, which is also backed by billionaire Los Angeles Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, believes the patented technology will be able to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industry. Cement, for example, accounts for 7% of global CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency.

    "Bill and the team have truly now harnessed the sun," Soon-Shiong, who also sits on the Heliogen board, told CNN Business. "The potential to humankind is enormous. ... The potential to business is unfathomable."
    Heliogen uses computer vision software, automatic edge detection and other sophisticated technology to train a field of mirrors to reflect solar beams to one single spot.

    "If you take a thousand mirrors and have them align exactly to a single point, you can achieve extremely, extremely high temperatures," Gross said, who added that Heliogen made its breakthrough on the first day it turned its plant on.

    Heliogen said it is generating so much heat that its technology could eventually be used to create clean hydrogen at scale. That carbon-free hydrogen could then be turned into a fuel for trucks and airplanes.


    "If you can make hydrogen that's green, that's a gamechanger," said Gross. "Long term, we want to be the green hydrogen company."
    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/11/19/b...tes/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladefd
    Big breakthrough announced today. They created software for focusing mirrors on a single point and capture the heat being generated. They were able to hit over 1,800 degrees Celsius

    It certainly won't be something for residential level but it can be harnessed for centralized production ala power plant and private sector for steel/cement/etc production. It's not enough heat for sustained nuclear fusion reactor unfortunately but still huge breakthrough

    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/11/19/b...tes/index.html
    This is pretty awesome. I watched a video not too long ago by CNBC on a new technology and process for making cement. One of the main issues highlighted was the high energy use in creating and drying mixed cement during the old process. It's great to see the advent of new technology applied to exiting processes to make them more efficient.

    Oh, and there's Bill Gates again... that "privileged white guy who thinks he knows what he's talking about."

    The Janicki Omniprocessor (turns waste water to pure water one site) is one of my favorite things he has done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVzppWSIFU0

    That, this, and his other work and investments in the clean energy space are definitely something to follow.

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