The world’s richest man Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates has publicly demonstrated in his interest in low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or cold fusion.

Gates visited the Italian Agency for New Technologies or ENEA’s laboratories in Frascati, Italy, to investigate LENR research on Nov. 17, 2014, a press release from the University of Verona’s news service indicates.

Bill Gates hanging out with his buddy Warren Buffett

“Gates, taken to the laboratories by Professor Testa and by the scientists of the Centre, wanted to discover the research activities in the field of low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR), more known as cold fusion, led in the institute,” a translation of the press release from the website states. Professor Testa is Federico Testa the ENEA commissioner and director of the department of business administration at the University of Verona. Note any mistakes in the above text are the work of Google Translation so don’t blame me.

“Gates, accompanied by Head and scientists of the center, wanted to find out the research activities of the institute in the field of low energy nuclear reaction, LENR, better known as “cold fusion, (fusione fredda)”. A translation of an Italian news article release at states. “The center ENEA Frascati is, in fact, considered to excellence in the world in this area.”

None of the statements or articles noted exactly what Gates learned or what his interest in LENR is. Gates’ interest in nuclear energy is well known he is a major investor in a company called TerraPower which is working to develop and commercialize safer and cleaner forms of nuclear fission.

Gates reputed interest in LENR is definitely great news because he is one of the world’s most respected businessmen and philanthropists. He could bring an incredible amount of money into the LENR field. Forbes estimates that Gates who is worth $81.9 billion is the world’s richest man number one on its Forbes 400 list. Since 2000, Bill and his wife Melinda have given away $30 billion through their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The second richest man in the world, investment genius and Berkshire Hathaway boss Warren Buffett has pledged to give most of his fortune to the Bill & Melinda Foundation when dies. Buffett has already the foundation $2.1 billion.

One hopes that Bill Gates will extend his LENR interest to companies like Brillouin or Industrial Heat and other research efforts. His support could be critical for the exploration and commercialization of this technology. In particular he could interest other powerful billionaires like Warren Buffett to get involved.