Published: Thu, November 21, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Bill Gates-backed concentrated solar firm breaks commercial temperature records

Bill Gates-backed concentrated solar firm breaks commercial temperature records

The new company, Heliogen, announced its launch on Tuesday alongside the solar breakthrough that it had concentrated solar energy to exceed temperatures greater than 1,000 degrees Celsius. Those mirrors create a concentrated solar beam that generates the heat required to power industrial processes. "And that's really the holy grail", he said. This singular scientific achievement was accomplished at Heliogen's commercial facility in Lancaster, California.

The company's array of mirrors directs light toward a single point on a tower.

Station systems are already being used today to produce electricity, there are installations producing heat for industry.

The temperature will be sufficient to manufacture cement without creating greenhouse gases.

According to CNN Heliogen, with investments from high-profile players like Bill Gates, is nearly ready to scale its technology and announce its first customers. All compounded by the fact that the global appetite for these materials is constantly growing. In General, these industries are responsible for more than 20 percent of global emissions, according to EPA statistics.

Machine vision approach tweaks mirror optics to generate enough heat for industrial processes, says Bill Gates-backed startup. Recently his condition has been reached more than 110 billion dollars, and he slipped to the second place of his rival - CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos.

"I'm pleased to have been an early backer of Bill Gross's novel solar concentration technology", Gates said.

It suggests many of these processes require much higher temperatures, which have traditionally been generated by burning fossil fuels.

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In their work engineers Heliogen sought the aid of artificial intelligence. This gas can then be converted into environmentally friendly fuel for cars and airplanes.

"If you can make hydrogen that's green, that's a gamechanger", Gross said.

For now, Heliogen is squarely focused on solar. Her main problem - the Sun does not Shine at night and in cloudy weather, but industrial companies need energy around the clock. Heliogen said it would solve that issue by relying on storage systems that can hold the solar energy for rainy days.

Whether the company can achieve its goals and the technology can be cost-effective is an open question. "We just want to scale as fast as possible", said Gross.

Other investors in Heliogen include venture capital firm Neotribe and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the Los Angeles-based investor and entrepreneur, through his investment firm, Nant Capital, a division of NantWorks.

With its technology to reach more than 1,000 degrees Celsius from solar energy, Heliogen hopes that it can help replace fossil fuels that are being burnt for the heavy industrial processes.

"The only way to compete is to be extremely clever in how you use your materials. And with the help of the software, we can handle it", concluded gross.

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