Thursday, May 11, 2006

Kudos to Congress for the H-prize.

I like to see this H-prize, for boosting Hydrogen fueled vehicles. It will be interesting to see how it works in practice. Just over a week ago I suggested investing in a series of E-prizes to boost fuel economy at a fraction of the cost of a $100 gasoline give-away to taxpayers. Presumably prizes for other technologies will follow.

I think we should set some ambitious goals for vehicles, based on life-cycle energy return on investment (EROI), carbon emissions, sustainability etc., equivalent to 250 mpg (roughly 10x current technology) and let all technologies compete to get there. [Maybe there should also be a novelty factor, I don't want someone to win $5M based on a horse and buggy...]


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