Bill Gates-backed concentrated solar firm breaks commercial temperature records

Heliogen says its computer-enabled technology has reached temperatures greater than 1,000°C, enabling it to be used in the production of cement, steel and chemicals

Bill Gates and EIB agree to accelerate support for tackling climate change

Speaking with EIB President Werner Hoyer earlier today, Bill gates stressed the importance of close cooperation between philanthropy and public finance

Bill Gates and EU launch €100m clean energy investment fund

Investments are expected to start in the second half of 2019

Bill Gates and EU launch €100m clean energy ‘breakthrough’ fund

It will focus on reducing emissions and promoting energy efficiency in the areas of electricity, transport, agriculture, manufacturing and buildings

Bill Gates launches £1bn venture fund to tackle climate change

Bill Gates has launched a £1 billion fund to invest in projects that help tackle climate change. The money is part of Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), an investor-led fund made up of members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition which was created last year to support companies that are taking innovative clean energy ideas into the marketplace. The […]

Bill Gates leads $14m green plastics investment

Bill Gates is leading a $14 million (£10.68m) investment into a biofuel company to fund the development of green plastics. Renmatix’s ‘Plantrose’ process uses highly pressurised hot water to convert biomass into a cellulose sugar that can then be made into alternative plastic materials. These are water-based rather than petroleum-based and can be used to make products ranging […]

Bill Gates backs US cleantech startup

Bill Gates has backed a US cleantech startup with $13 million (£10m) in funding. Two other firms – 3M Ventures and Khosla Ventures – joined the Microsoft billionaire for the investment. Last year, Mr Gates launched the ‘Breakthrough Energy Coalition’, a global group of private investors who support companies which are taking innovative clean energy ideas into the […]

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates join forces for clean energy technology

The founders of Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up to tackle climate change. Mark Zuckerberg has announced he is joining Bill Gates’ initiative which aims to invest in clean energy technologies. The ‘Breakthrough Energy Coalition’ is a global group of private investors who will support companies which are taking innovative clean energy ideas into the […]

Brrrr! npower boss takes Ice Bucket challenge

It’s the charity craze that has seen Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Christiano Ronaldo both drench themselves in freezing water for a good cause. And now the boss of energy supplier npower has taken the Ice Bucket challenge too. In a Youtube video, CEO Paul Massara is seen dousing himself with a bucket of icy […]

Solar-powered waterless toilet to be unveiled in India

A revolutionary toilet that doesn’t require any water and is fuelled by the sun is set to be unveiled in India this month. Designed and built using a $777,000 (£467,299) grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the waterless toilet uses innovative technology that heats human waste to a high enough temperature to sterilise […]