Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on climate change solutions backed by the likes of Bill Gates, has joined a $ 44 million backing from solar startup Terabase Energy, reveals a press release .
Il solar on a planetary scale it is an auspice rather than a reality. The supporters of old fossil technologies, or of "new old technologies" such as nuclear power hastily liquidate renewables because they are unstable, or lacking in storage systems. They brand a world based on renewables as simply "impossible", despite many studies pointing to the contrary: the most recent quantifies the enormous costs for a world based on solar, wind and other renewables, but concludes that six years would be enough to pay them back.
Where is the truth? At a certain rate of growth, will renewables really prevail on a certain scale? This is what startups like Terabas are hoping for, which uses robots to lift and install photovoltaic structures.
Production of solar parks at any time of day and night
Completely automating a process such as the installation of solar parks can contribute to significantly accelerate the development of renewables, but above all to reduce costs.
“This investment is validation of our vision for rapid solar implementation on a Terawatt scale,” says the company's co-founder and CEO, Matt Campbell. “It took fifty years for the world to get the first Terawatts (one million Megawatts) of solar power. But now we need at least another 50 additional Terawatts built as quickly as possible to reach the global decarbonisation goals ”.
It will be a long way, no doubt about it. But there are two things: first, implementing clean technologies on a very large scale is our only hope. The second, relying on construction processes 24 hours a day, 24 days a week, the march inevitably shortens.