Climate Time Bomb Ticking: Bill Gates & Climate-Tech Energy Storage Startups Aims To Defuse The Crisis

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A March U.N.-backed report delivers a stark warning, revealing that the world is hurtling toward catastrophic levels of heating. International climate goals are at risk of slipping out of reach unless immediate and radical action is taken.

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The report, compiled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and based on extensive scientific findings, paints a troubling picture of the current state of the climate crisis. It emphasizes that the impacts of planet-warming pollution are already more severe than anticipated, pushing the world toward increasingly dangerous and irreversible consequences. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres stresses the urgency of the situation, declaring that “the climate time bomb is ticking,” and humanity is on thin ice that is melting fast.

Many startups are cropping up to help face this issue head-on. Bill Gates-backed Breakthrough Energy Venture has committed more than $2 billion to fund climate tech and is collectively one of the largest investors in the green energy space.

And startups like Qnetic are pioneering a low-cost energy storage solution predicted to be half the price and last three times longer than existing lithium-ion solutions. Only Qnetic isn't being funded by Bill Gates. Rather the company recently launched on Wefunder and is being funded by retail investors. 

Inspired by a transformative bike journey from Shanghai, China, to Shangri-La, the founders contemplated the urgency of transitioning away from burning hydrocarbons and envisioned a future where renewable energy sources could provide practically unlimited and free electricity, according to the company's website.

Today, Qnetic is making significant strides toward this vision with the unveiling of its breakthrough mechanical battery technology.

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Qnetic mechanical batteries address a critical need for efficient and scalable energy storage solutions in the renewable energy sector. While wind and solar power have emerged as cost-effective and scalable options, their intermittent nature presents significant challenges.

The Qnetic batteries' innovative technology harnesses the power of kinetic energy, using a motor to spin a rotor and efficiently convert electrical energy into kinetic energy. The rotor accumulates kinetic energy as it gains speed, reaching its peak capacity when the Qnetic battery is fully charged. With a design that operates within a near-perfect vacuum and floats on a contactless magnetic cushion, Qnetic ensures sustained high-speed rotation, making it readily available for deployment when needed.

The advantages of the Qnetic mechanical battery extend beyond energy storage. With a focus on bulk storage, the company addresses the demands of the grid’s 24-hour supply and demand cycles, facilitating seamless integration of solar and wind power. By overcoming the intermittency problem that hinders renewable energy sources, the batteries pave the way for the complete replacement of fossil fuels with clean, sustainable alternatives.

Unlike existing energy storage solutions that face limitations in scalability, degradation, safety and cost, Qnetic’s technology offers a groundbreaking and transformative solution. With its commitment to building a sustainable energy future, Qnetic has developed an energy storage system that is not only efficient, scalable and safe but also cost-effective.

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