01 Dec '17, 1am

How Google Is Using Moonshots to Solve Climate Change

How Google Is Using Moonshots to Solve Climate Change

Converting seawater to fuel, storing energy in salt, and using robotics to drill geothermal wells. These are all ideas that have gone through Alphabet's “moonshot factory" named X, formerly Google X, which builds and tests out prototypes in an attempt to address really big global problems like climate change. At the New York Times' ClimateTECH conference on Thursday in downtown San Francisco, the head of X, Astro Teller, detailed some of the internet giant’s most successful, and most unsuccessful, projects that relate to energy and reducing carbon emissions. Some X projects were created specifically to fight climate change, like the seawater idea. Others, Teller said, will likely have the indirect effect of reducing emissions, like Google’s self-driving car efforts, which were once part of X, but are now a separate division at Alphabet. Teller -- dubbed the captain of moon...

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