Heliogen, a clean energy company that emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday, has found a way to use artificial intelligence and a field of mirrors to reflect so much sunlight that there is extreme heat over 1,000 Celsius is generated.
In essence, Heliogen has created a solar oven that can reach temperatures that correspond to about a quarter of the sun's surface.
The breakthrough enables concentrated solar energy to be used for the first time to generate the extreme heat required to produce cement, steel, glass and other industrial processes. In other words, carbon-free sunlight can replace fossil fuels in a corner of the economy that is untouched by the clean energy revolution.
"We are introducing technologies that can outperform the price of fossil fuels, and" Bill Gross, founder and CEO of Heliogen, told CNN Business that CO2 emissions are also not rising. "" And that's really the sacred thing Graal. "
"Bill and the team have really taken advantage of the sun," said Soon-Shiong, who also sits on the Heliogen board's CNN Business. "The potential for humanity is enormous. … The potential for businesses is unfathomable. "
Technologies that can not deliver really overheated systems, "said Olav Junttila, a partner of Greentech Capital Advisors, a clean energy investment bank that has advised concentrated solar companies in the past.
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"I'm glad I supported Bill Gross & # 39; s novel solar concentration technology early on," Gates said in a statement. "Its ability to achieve the high temperatures required for these processes is a promising development in the quest to eventually replace fossil fuels."