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Gates-Led Group Wants to Help Climate Tech Find Paying Customers

Breakthrough Energy is working with nonprofit CDP to boost the market for clean tech, even before it’s ready 

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

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The biggest challenge for most climate solutions is finding a market. That means displacing existing carbon-intensive products that are often cheaper and just as good, such as fossil-fuel powered airplanes or emissions-intensive steel.

Breakthrough Energy, an organization led by Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, is working with nonprofit CDP to address that problem. The goal, says CDP adviser Paula DiPerna, is to speed up innovation.