Here’s a cool solar dish that is capable of “vaporizing” water the second you hit the apex of its dish. The MIT students have already formed a corporation, there’s no telling when this will be available for homes and offices.
The results are staggering — the completed mirror focuses enough solar energy at its focal point to melt solid steel. The energy of typical sunlight is concentrated by a factor of 1,000. This was showcased during a demonstration, in which a team member held up a board, which instantly and violently combusted, when brought within range of the focal point.