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Old 06-23-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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I am diffenately getting back into the electronics field.... Any partners?

Motor Authority » McCain proposes $300 million prize for battery tech
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:24 PM
 
Location: CA
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I am diffenately getting back into the electronics field.... Any partners?

Motor Authority » McCain proposes $300 million prize for battery tech
I'm in!!! I don't know anything about batteries, but I'm a quick learner...
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Whatever. Aluminum, boron. Both are denser than current technology.

Do a web search on aluminum lye

Boron: A Better Energy Carrier than Hydrogen? (12 June 2007)
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:56 PM
 
Location: CA
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Whatever. Aluminum, boron. Both are denser than current technology.

Do a web search on aluminum lye

Boron: A Better Energy Carrier than Hydrogen? (12 June 2007)
Riiiiiiight. You make it sound so easy. Be sure to let us know when you've perfected the technology and make your millions. I think the OP was making light of the idea... so lighten up.
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"Riiiiiiight. You make it sound so easy. Be sure to let us know when you've perfected the technology and make your millions. I think the OP was making light of the idea... so lighten up."

Actually, I was amused at the whole thing, and did a one-off to point out the silliness. There is a lot of re-inventing the wheel. At least ten years ago I ran across an emergency power source based on an aluminum/hydrogen fuel cell. Already invented, already packaged. Nobody cared, and I think the company went belly up. You can also look at the stock histories of companies like Ballard Power.

An X-prize for batteries might be a good political platform, but the technologies are beyond lead-acid and have been for a while. It is just that lead-acid is relatively cheap and robust, and the infrastructure is set up for it.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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I can't speak very knowledgeably on this particular proposal but I think the general idea of offering an incentive / reward and then letting the market work on it is a good one.

It reminds me of the prize that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen offered for commercial space flight:
Ansari X Prize - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:52 PM
 
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I will say it again. Thank God for people like Edison, Bell and others. Without them we'd still be stabbing deer with sticks for food. Negativity doesn't move anyone forward.
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:59 PM
 
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That said, I think the idea is flawed. By the time (if that time ever comes - I personally doubt it) this gets to "Let's write the rules" it will be so screwed up as to be worthless.

Remember we are talking about a politician here. A Republican at that.

Not a chance...

Back to sticks.
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