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Revolutionary Solar Energy Breakthrough Could Replace Industrial Fossil Fuels

Overhead photo of Heliogen's mirrored solar energy project which recently announced a major solar energy breakthrough.
Overhead photo of Heliogen's mirrored solar energy project which recently announced a major solar energy breakthrough. (Photo: YouTube)

A Bill Gates’ backed renewable energy project has made a solar energy breakthrough that could lead to replacing the use of fossil fuels in industrial settings.

Clean energy startup Heliogen is using artificial intelligence and a large field of mirrors to generate record-breaking heat above 1,000 degrees Celsius, a solar energy breakthrough that means solar energy can replace fossil fuels in cement, glass, steel and other industrial processes for the first time.

“We’ve made great strides in deploying clean energy in our electricity system,” said Bill Gross, Heliogen’s CEO, in a release. “But electricity accounts for less than a quarter of global energy demand. Heliogen represents a technological leap forward in addressing the other 75% of energy demand: the use of fossil fuels for industrial processes and transportation. With low-cost, ultra-high temperature process heat, we have an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to solving the climate crisis.”

Gross said the use of artificial intelligence to achieve hyper-concentration of the solar mirrors was pivotal in generating the new heat levels. “If you take a thousand mirrors and have them align exactly to a single point, you can achieve extremely, extremely high temperatures,” Gross said, explaining how the technology could even reach temperatures of 1,500C, which would give it the power to create clean hydrogen.

Bill Gates, who recently regained the status of the richest person in the world, is one of the startup’s investors. “If we’re going to get to zero-carbon emissions overall, we have a lot of inventing to do,” said Gates in the release. The positive press afforded to Gates for supporting the project provides a break from a month marred with criticism for his uncovered relations with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his exaggerated portrayal of progressive presidential candidates’ wealth tax proposals.

Venture capital firm Neotribe and billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Nant Capital are also early backers of the project and celebrated the solar energy breakthrough. “Bill and the team have truly now harnessed the sun,” Soon-Shiong, who sits on Heliogen’s board, told CNN Business. “The potential to humankind is enormous. … The potential to business is unfathomable.”

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The news comes after an IEA report last month found that the solar energy industry is growing global supplies of renewable electricity faster than expected, with the agency predicting that capacity could expand by 50% in the next five years.

In other promising news for renewable energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently found that offshore wind is on track to become a $1 trillion industry by 2040 and could provide enough energy to support the entire world’s electricity demand.

Environmentalists hope announcements like the solar energy breakthrough and other technological advancements will help persuade policymakers to reverse new fossil fuel infrastructure projects that experts warn will vastly exceed global emission goals.

“The world is on track to produce about 120% more fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C, and 50% more than would be consistent with limiting warming to 2°C,” reports Common Dreams, referencing a new report from leading research organizations.

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Peter Castagno

Peter Castagno is a staff writer and assistant editor at Citizen Truth.

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2 Comments

  1. Suresh Kumar February 6, 2020

    Power from Gravity directly

    Hi,
    So far, man has learnt to derive energy from conventional sources which is greatly proving to be costly and also detrimental to us and our planet, as whole…

    In this regard, I have come up with an interesting idea to tap Gravity directly for energy by way of building a wheel frame which would house some levers and weights arranged in an innovative manner thereby unbalancing the wheel resulting in it’s perpetual spin…

    This is Gravity Engine in the making…

    Pls note this successful novel idea has never occurred to anyone before… I mean this unique design…I have researched into this for about 40 years and am finally thrilled at its secret internal arrangement and movement…. very simple but amazing…

    This is unbalancing the stationary wheel… for the first time….ever…a revolutionary new idea… that has not occurred to anyone before…

    The reason this discovery didn’t happen before is due to the fact that no one was successful in hitting the right design and that is because there is only one unique success design that can act on Gravity… Like an internal combustion engine design and the electric motor designs that run on petrol and electricity, respectively….

    I would like to partner with you or any such agency to realize my dream project and am also willing to share the proceeds with you…

    This device if constructed now, could potentially provide cheap clean electricity, and by reducing the need for fossil fuels, provide a huge step forward in reducing carbon emissions in a very short time.

    Remember, we are using Earth’s Gravity potential DIRECTLY, like never before, to produce energy which is going to be a very great invention in itself….

    Thanking you in anticipation…

    Yours sincerely,
    [email protected]
    Suresh…

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  2. dkoe February 8, 2020

    ‘bill-proganda’ propaganda…neither revolutionary nor new nor breakthrough … concentrating sunlight has been known since the greeks & archimedes … he used it in naval warfare against the romans … more recently a solar kiln producing extremely high temps of 3,500C has been operating in the pirinees mountains for decades, used to refine metals to extremely high degrees of purity over 99.9999% … the application is ‘new’ so to speak, but that’s it … peace

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