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Today, we have the pleasure of hosting Christie Obiaya, the CEO of Heliogen. As a leading provider of AI-enabled concentrated solar energy, Heliogen has set out on a mission to significantly reduce the impact of climate change, which Christie identifies as the "single greatest threat to humanity."
During our conversation, she explains how Heliogen uses artificial intelligence in its products to ensure maximum solar thermal energy capture. She also discusses HelioFuel, which involves green hydrogen production using only concentrated solar power and water, resulting in a fuel that can replace fossil fuels in transportation, heavy equipment, and other applications. Christie shares insights into the advantages of solar thermal solutions compared to different types of renewables and a potential time horizon for the clean energy transition, highlighting why investors should consider taking part in this mission sooner rather than later and seize the opportunity to help shape a sustainable future for our planet.
Christie served as CFO of Heliogen from March 2021 to February 2023, when she was named CEO, replacing company founder Bill Gross. Before joining Heliogen, she was the CFO of Bechtel Corporation between 2018 and 2021. Her earlier experience includes working on renewable energy projects in Kenya and India and serving as Senior Product Manager/Senior Engineer at Procter & Gamble. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Enjoy!
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