Bill Gates Predicts Energy Miracle in the Next 15 years

Thanks to a reader who sent me a quote from Bill and Melinda Gates’ annual letter in which they focus on pressing problems in the world. In this letter, Bill focuses on energy. (

” . . . if you’re someone with some crazy-sounding ideas to solve our energy challenge, the world needs you. Study extra hard in your math and sciences. You might just have the answer.

The challenge we face is big, perhaps bigger than many people imagine. But so is the opportunity. If the world can find a source of cheap, clean energy, it will do more than halt climate change. It will transform the lives of millions of the poorest families.

I’m so optimistic about the world’s ability to make a miracle happen that I’m willing to make a prediction. Within the next 15 years—and especially if young people get involved—I expect the world will discover a clean energy breakthrough that will save our planet and power our world.

I like to think about what an energy miracle like that would mean in a slum I once visited in Nigeria. It was home to tens of thousands of people but there was no electricity. As night fell, no lights flickered on. The only glow came from open fires lit in metal barrels, where people gathered for the evening. There was no other light for kids to study by, no easy way to run a business or power local clinics and hospitals. It was sad to think about all of the potential in this community that was going untapped.

A cheap, clean source of energy would change everything.

Imagine that.”

Bill Gates made a splash in 2014 in the LENR community when he visited the ENEA facilities in Rome and was briefed on their cold fusion work — but he hasn’t said anything about it publicly since then, which makes me wonder whether he currently thinks of cold fusion/LENR as the energy miracle he is seeking.

However I also find it hard to believe that with all his resources and contacts that he is not aware of the work of Andrea Rossi and the E-Cat, and the growing community of LENR researchers. Maybe he’s like many others in the world, quietly watching progress before going out on a limb and making public statements about LENR before there is something concrete upon which to base a pronouncement — like the report of Rossi’s one-year 1MW plant test that we are all currently waiting for.

15 years is a long time in today’s world of accelerated technological progress. I think that Bill Gates’ prediction is pretty safe, and I think that miracle could show up much sooner.

  • R V

    Brilliant Light Power is a good candidate.

  • radvar

    What is the responsibility of any human being to any other human being? Seems like the Church ought to better answers than I can provide.

    How do we know people would accept it?
    “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them”…Steve Jobs. Or, do we need to know in advance before we try? Like, Rossi and LENR? Maybe he shouldn’t have tried, because he didn’t know if it would work or be accepted.

    The wealthy are working pretty hard…at making up for the failings of the current system. I don’t see them doing anything about attempting to re-design the current system.

    I applaud your charitable work.

    What do I do about it? Stuff I won’t talk about here. But the question is another rhetorical distraction. If did nothing, would that excuse the rich from not trying harder?

    • Warthog

      “What do I do about it? Stuff I won’t talk about here. But the question
      is another rhetorical distraction. If did nothing, would that excuse
      the rich from not doing more?”

      IOW, like GeorgeHants and most of the rest of your ilk, you really have no ideas, your only action is to gripe. And when put to the point, you duck.

      “If” a different system comes about, it won’t come from the intellectual output of any homogenous group, whether that be a group of “the rich” or Communists, or any other, it will arise naturally from human interactions, just as capitalism did.

  • psi2u2

    I don’t know. But I do know this is what must be done. A first step is ending the war on drugs. Drugs are a medical problem. No one should be in jail for using them.

  • Warthog

    IRA’s can be stock in the employers company, and often is. Financial advisors advise IRA holders to diversify, and put at least “some” of the IRA into other stocks/investments.

    But I suspect you have something else in mind and I am not fully understanding it.

    “If” the “original” Social Security system supposed “reserve” had been invested in the private sector when it was first promulgated, I “think” it would have been what you are thinking of.

  • Warthog

    I thought that was called “an IRA.” I also think that Chile has implemented something like you propose. IIRC the difference between a US IRA and a Chilean IRA is that in Chile, the worker is REQUIRED to “buy in” while in the US participation is voluntary. But it has been quite a long time since I read up on the subject of the Chilean system, so I could be wrong.

  • GreenWin

    The purveyors of Red Ice Radio (Swedish) argue vehemently that their sovereign nation is being invaded by immoral, undisciplined Muslims. Sounds a bit alarmist to me. But why should any nation have to accept refugees IF we level standards of living via low cost energy? That world politicians and social scientists cannot grok this is an astonishment – are they just ignorant or dismissive of potential solutions?? Ego-driven academics are the scourge of humanity. Look how they retarded LENR.

  • LarryJ

    and the attitudes and ethics of those already there