Sunday, February 23, 2020

Heliogen, a solar energy company backed by Bill Gates, made a breakthrough

Heliogen, a solar energy company, has discovered a way to use artificial intelligence and a field of mirrors to focus reflected sunlight so precisely that it generates extreme heat - up to 1500ºC. For the first time, concentrated solar energy can be used to create the high-temperature heat required to make cement, steel, glass and other industrial products. The Heliogen’s technology could eventually be used to create carbon-free, green hydrogen which could then be turned into fuel for cars, trucks and airplanes. 
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.
Heliogen still will need significant additional investments to demonstrate, scale up and commercialize  it’s technology, which biggest selling point is the fact that, unlike fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, sunlight is free.
A number of well-known investors, including Bill Gates of Microsoft, already agreed to invest in Heliogen.