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Bill Gates’ new venture addresses climate crisis

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Published Nov 20, 2019, 1:29 am IST
Updated Nov 20, 2019, 1:29 am IST
Temperatures over 10000C can be produced using mirroring technology.
Bill Gates
 Bill Gates

Washington: A technology solution that can create low-cost, ultra-high-temperature process heat using solar power and offer an answer for climate crisis is in the offing.

And the people behind it are the ones who used technology to change the way people lived in 20th century.

 

Reports suggest that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing the project that aims to convert sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1,0000C by aligning a large array of mirrors to reflect sunlight to a target using software.

The temperature could go as high as 1,5000C to split hydrogen particles from water to create a fossil-free gas to power homes, fuel cars and power factories.  

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

Cement is the world’s third largest source of emissions behind oil and coal, and its production is expected to boom due to urbanisation in developing countries and economic growth.

The company, Heliogen, says the heat will be almost three times as intense as previous commercial solar systems.

This is the first ever company to concentrate sunlight to reach temperatures that are high enough to work for heavy industry without carbon emissions.

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