Watch a guy melt coins and burn concrete with nothing but concentrated sunlight
If you’ve got any doubts that the sun packs enough of a wallop to provide us with adequate power, perhaps Grant Thompson’s “solar scorcher” will boil, burn, and explode them. Thompson used the screen from an old TV to concentrate the sun’s rays, resulting in a 2,000-degree beam that can melt coins, burn holes in concrete, and instantly engulf wood in flames.
Raw solar power is pretty much just good for Mythbusters-style shenanigans — it’s not like Thompson is powering his house off this thing, although he does cook an egg and feed it to his children. But let us take this as a lesson not to doubt the sun. It will fuck you up.
Burning stuff with solar power,