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More on Mirrors

I'm fascinated by recent developments in crafting and using mirrors:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivanpah_Solar_Power_Facility
  2. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/19/business/heliogen-solar-energy-bill-gates
  3. https://www.extremetech.com/computing/162322-mit-creates-the-first-perfect-mirror

I think Concentrated Solar holds great promise. Are there other applications of mirrors that we haven't yet thought of?

Solar Cutting/Drilling

Can combining high-amounts of solar energy (and focusing solar-energy into narrower beams - e.g. - lasers) and relaying such energy via mirrors be used for thermal drilling (in a practical way)?

Lasers are already used to etch, craft, and cut various instruments, jewelry, etc. but can we also replace mostly CO2-based drilling?

Read: https://www.thedriller.com/articles/90598-five-most-common-drilling-methods-used-in-oil-and-gas-exploration

Solar and Water Transmission

What about mirrors that simultaneously relay power and water steam?

Can water that is heated by mirrors in an enclosed tube (steam) be transported along with the light beam itself? In other words can steam be heated so that it is transported along with solar energy and ferried via tubes?

If so, can some public utilities processes be combined and made less-costly, more-efficient, and cleaner (condensation processes produce relatively clean water and are sometimes found in advanced RO/DI systems)?

Mirrors and Solar Transmission Safety

Can chained mirrors be enclosed?

Most of the recent wildfires on the West Coast appear to have been started by electric cables/wires sparking dry forestation:

  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53072946
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/16/business/energy-environment/pge-camp-fire-california-wildfires.html

Would the absence of live electric cables (replaced by enclosed mirrors) reduce or eliminate electrocutions?

Mirrors Over Cables

Mirrors have some advantages/benefits:

  1. They can be made sustainably - mirrors can be used to melt sand to make more mirrors (sand contains silicates and melted silicates are how mirrors are usually made).
  2. Perfect mirrors now exist (invented about ~10 years ago) that are much higher in efficiency than electrical cables.
  3. Massively job creating.
  4. Most utilities firms are public utilities (government owned). Most energy companies are publicly listed (equities bought and sold on stock exchanges). So, transforming current electric companies may not be as much of a mess as it might be otherwise.
  5. Mirrors can be installed at very high elevations - on mountains, buildings, etc. Relay networks might exist someday from mountains or areas where sunlight is continuous.
  6. No wires.
  7. Can be enclosed though to prevent accidental melting or burning or objects. Light can be focused too (lasers).
  8. They can be combined to improve output.

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