Monday, April 11, 2011

Point to Technology Optimists

There's a new gasoline engine on the block. The new Wave Disk prototype could potentially drive much more efficient cars and contribute much less weight to the vehicle.
The Wave Disk Generator uses 60 percent of its fuel for propulsion; standard car engines use just 15 percent. As a result, the generator is 3.5 times more fuel efficient than typical combustion engines.
Of course, while this is a point for technologic optimists, who believe that humanity shouldn't focus on resource conservation because we'll just innovate out of any resource crunch, it's also a test for the realities of the capabilities of the market to actually adapt. Oil companies have a lot to lose from decreased demand, and a huge amount of economic and political power that could delay the introduction of the Wave Disk engine into the market. Think electric car in 1970.

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