Bill Gates Invests $ 24 Million in Eco-Friendly Engine
Large companies and individual researchers have long been looking for ways to save fuel in the transport sector, this does not surprise anyone. But someone Bill Gates enters the battle with resource dependence, investing in a company that, according to her, rethought the idea of an internal combustion engine. And she not only rethought it, but also set out to realize her achievements in the opoc engine (opposed-piston, opposed-cylinder).
Modern cars, according to the creators of opoc, are not much different from the Ford T, and the typewriter has been around for more than a century. The basis of the technology of internal combustion engines was laid back in the early 19th century.
EcoMotors, the development company in which Gates invested his money is a Detroit startup that is trying to radically change the engine design in our cars. The peculiarity is that the fuel for new engines will remain the same, which means that research on the production of new energy is not needed, and in the future there will be no need to redo the infrastructure of energy companies (which entails perturbations in the economy).
The engine that EcoMotors is trying to build promises to be easier, cheaper, more economical and, naturally, more environmentally friendly. Opoc, which was the company's first commercial project, is a turbodiesel in which there are half as many parts as usual. And it weighs as many times less. As for power, the developers claim that the proportion is as follows: 1 lb (0.45 kg) of engine weight per 1 hp In other words, an engine weighing 135 kg will have 300 hp.
Bill Gates allocated $ 23.5 million to the company, as he believes that opoc can become very popular in developing countries. According to him, the topic is promising, threatening the global problems of mankind.
The injection of this money will allow the company to complete the development stage and proceed to testing. A prototype of a vehicle with a new engine may appear at the end of this year, and the beginning of industrial use is expected in three years.