"ARPA-E is funding the new pioneers - mad scientists and engineers with ideas for wind turbines based on jet engines, bacteria to convert carbon dioxide into gasoline, and tiny molten-metal batteries to provide cheap high-voltage storage. That last idea is the brainchild of MIT's Donald Sadoway, who already has a prototype fuel cell the size of a shot glass. The stimulus will help him create a kind of reverse aluminum smelter to make prototypes the size of a hockey puck and a pizza box. The ultimate goal is a commercial scale battery the size of a tractor trailer that could power an entire neighborhood. "We need radical breakthroughs, so we need radical experiments," Sadoway says. "These projects send chills down the spine of the carbon world. If a few of them work, [Venezuela's Hugo] ChÁvez and [Iran's Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad are out of power."
Forget Venezuela and Iran they haven't made near as much money as the Kochs and the Billionaire shareholders of Big Energy. Plus if they are as evil as the Bush administration suggested the world would be a better place because their people would remove them when they cannot deliver without the oil revenue.
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