Bill Gates has made $ 20 million available to support a “greener” air conditioning project. Photo: AFP
Bill Gates was fully committed to his crusade against global warming. His most recent goal: the air conditioning.
The Microsoft creator has withdrawn Breakthrough Energy from its fund $ 20 million for business project Blue borderwhich consists in creating air conditioners that impact much less on the environment than common ones.
Blue Frontier has designed air conditioners that reduce emissions of polluting refrigerant gases (those released by conventional appliances) by using a saline solution as a liquid desiccant for cooling. The project would also reduce the annual cost of electricity by up to 60%.
Gates has a net worth of $ 129 billion (2021). Photo: AP
With this bet it is once again evident that the entrepreneur is very worried about the consequences of global warming in the future of humanity, a problem to which he will allocate a large part of his assets of at least 129 billion dollars (according to Forbes, by 2021).
To reduce the emission of polluting gases emitted by refrigeration devices, many governments have taken steps to regulate the use of air conditioners.
Reports from institutions such as the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicate that the use of cooling energy in buildings has doubled since 2000 and that, by 2050, the world will grow from 3,600 million refrigeration units to use at 14,000 million.
A stereotypical Blue Frontier air conditioner.
“How to avoid a climate disaster”
In early 2021, Bill Gates published his book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” in which he lists what must happen for humanity to continue to resist for many more years and not be overwhelmed by global warming.
For Gates, overcoming the challenge of climate change will be “the most amazing thing humanity has ever done”. The entrepreneur believes that “we have never made a transition like the one we will have to make in the next 30 years. There is no precedent for this. “
Gates asks to pay attention to the numbers 51,000 and 0. Why? Because 51 billion is the tons of greenhouse gases the world typically adds to the atmosphere every year and 0 is where we need to take this statistic.
Gates published a book on climate change in 2021.
Any greenhouse gas emissions should be balanced by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere..
The billionaire suggests that for this, technological progress and above all the commitment of the governments of the world are key elements.
Gates thinks that renewable sources such as wind and solar can help us decarbonise electricity, while the rest of the world economy to decarbonise, such as steel, cement and transportation systems, should have intervened with innovative technologies proposed. and funded by governments.