Replacing fuels with sunlight

Heliogen is a renewable energy technology company unlocking the power of sunlight to replace fossil fuels.
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Cost-effectively replacing fossil fuels solves the world’s CO2 problem and Heliogen develops the technology to do just that.

Unlocking the Power of Sunlight

Heliogen has developed a concentrated solar solution utilizing unique advanced computer vision software to precisely align an array of mirrors, reflecting sunlight to a single target with unprecedented accuracy. Heliogen’s technology concentrates, stores, and refines sunlight into cost-effective energy on demand. This near 24/7, renewable energy is available as heat, electricity, or fuel in modular deployments.

Our Solutions

HelioHeat™

Carbon-free, ultra-high temperature heat to power heavy industrial processes including the making of cement, steel, and petrochemicals.

HelioPower™

Electricity made from sunlight using supercritical CO2 turbines to power industrial facilities, data centers, and mining operations.

HelioFuel™

Clean fuels like green hydrogen that can be used to power industry and as fuel in transportation, heavy equipment, and household heating.

Heliogen has created the world’s first technology that can commercially replace fuels with carbon-free, ultra-high temperature heat from the sun.

How it Works

The breakthrough in Heliogen’s technology starts with our patented closed-loop control system that makes our field of mirrors act as a multi-acre magnifying glass to concentrate sunlight. The system is an industry first and a critical step in harnessing the power of the sun. Our ability to concentrate and capture sunlight allows us to create carbon-free, ultra-high temperature heat (HelioHeat) commercially for the first time.

From there, HelioHeat can be used by customers as an alternative to burning fossil fuels, which would significantly reduce energy costs, dramatically lower carbon emissions, and help make great strides in reaching and exceeding corporate sustainability goals.

The Heliogen technology is also capable of creating 100% green hydrogen, which we are working to develop as our first HelioFuel.

Our technology at scale is, for the first time, efficient enough to make our ultra-high temperature heat and renewable fuels competitive with fossil fuels. This is a breakthrough for the industry and a major step toward solving climate change.

Our Technology is

Sustainable

Uses sunlight – an infinitely renewable source – to power industry.

Scientifically Proven

Developed by scientists and engineers from Caltech, MIT, and other premier institutions.

Modular

Available in 5 MW modules; scalable to 100s of MWs

Cost-Effective

Improves economics over fossil fuels and avoids CO2.

Become a Customer

We are partnering with organizations looking to lead the charge in finding clean, cost-effective ways to power their industrial processes while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint.

Be among the world’s first to deploy Heliogen’s breakthrough technology.

Our Team

Bill Gross

CEO and Founder

Bill is a renewable energy pioneer and a successful serial entrepreneur and founder of more than 175 companies over the last 30 years. Bill holds a mechanical engineering degree from Caltech and his specialty is solar energy.

Steve Schell

CTO & Chief Engineer

Steve is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur, with over 20 years of experience in R&D and commercialization of new technologies spanning solar energy, robotics, and 3D printing.

Vikas Tuteja

COO

Vikas is an operations, finance and strategy professional with over 25 years of experience as an engineer, management consultant, investor/operator for companies in a wide variety of industries.

Thomas Patrick

Chief of Staff

Tom has served as the CEO of Deutsche Bank USA Corp and Co-Head for Americas of the Corporate and Investment Bank. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Tom held several senior positions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Rashaun Williams

Head of Corporate & Business Development

Rashaun brings 20+ years of finance, sales, and investment experience to Heliogen. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank and launched four VC funds.

Christie Obaiya

Christie Obiaya

Chief Financial Officer

Christie brings experience in building some of the world’s most complex energy projects, most recently serving as CFO and head of strategy for Bechtel Energy. She holds engineering and business degrees from MIT.

Tom Doyle

Head of Global Project Development

Tom is an energy industry executive with 25 years of domestic and international experience. Before joining Heliogen, Tom was CEO of NRG’s renewable energy business, the largest independent energy company in the United States.

Debbie Chen

General Counsel

Debbie serves as Idealab’s General Counsel and is an experienced legal advisor to technology and startup companies. Debbie is currently the interim General Counsel for Heliogen.

Our Backers

 

Swaroop ‘Kittu’ Kolluri

Neotribe Ventures

Kittu is a Silicon Valley veteran with a career spanning three decades as an entrepreneur, CEO, senior operating executive, and venture capitalist. He founded Neotribe, a leading investment firm, to partner with and help grow companies with breakthrough technologies that stretch the imagination.

Patrick Soon-Shiong

Nant Capital

Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, is Chairman and CEO of NantWorks, LLC. He is a physician, surgeon, scientist, inventor, and philanthropist who has devoted his career to creating innovations with the potential to have global impact.

Dakin Sloss

Prime Movers Lab

Dakin Sloss is Founder and General Partner of Prime Movers Lab. Over the course of the last decade, he has created billions of dollars of enterprise value including founding two breakthrough start-ups OpenGov and Tachyus, investing in extraordinary early stage companies like Boom Supersonic, and coaching dozens of Prime Movers, founders who invent breakthrough scientific inventions to transform billions of lives.

Steve Case

Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Fund

Steve Case is Chairman and CEO of Revolution, and one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future.

Bill Gates

Gates Ventures

Today, industrial processes like those used to make cement, steel, and other materials are responsible for more than a fifth of all emissions. These materials are everywhere in our lives but we don’t have any proven breakthroughs that will give us affordable, zero-carbon versions of them. If we’re going to get to zero carbon emissions overall, we have a lot of inventing to do.

I’m pleased to have been an early backer of Bill Gross’s novel solar concentration technology. Its capacity to achieve the high temperatures required for these processes is a promising development in the quest to one day replace fossil fuel.           

— Bill Gates          

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