CSP Startup Heliogen Cranks Up Solar Thermal to 1,000 Degrees

By [email protected] Industrial heat, vital for making things like glass and concrete, has been lumped in with the “hard problems” of decarbonization.

There’s a roadmap to decarbonize the electric grid and ground transportation. The pathway is not so clear for tasks like air travel, long-distance shipping and energy-intensive industrial processes.

Serial entrepreneur Bill Gross decided to tackle the heat problem, not by inventing a new heating technology but by improving one that already exists. Concentrated solar power (CSP) plants reflect sunshine into a small area that then reaches high heat. Although the plants can produce steam, the technology has not yet been able to

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