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Published on February 5th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Newest X PRIZE Challenge: Build an Ultracapacitor

February 5th, 2009 by  

UC Irvine students Kyle Good and Bryan Le have come with the next X PRIZE challenge: build an ultracapacitor. The pair won the X PRIZE Foundation’s “What’s Your Crazy Green Idea” contest, which asked entrants to post a 2 minute video describing a concept for an X PRIZE in the Energy and Environment category. Le and Good won $25,000 for their idea. The winning video is below.

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Photo Credit: X PRIZE Foundation 
 
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  • Jay

    sounds like a good challenge to me… i’ll be following this story. thanks, ariel!

  • Jay

    sounds like a good challenge to me… i’ll be following this story. thanks, ariel!

  • Alec

    Great, but I’d like to add one more requirement. The winner should not discharge suddenly in the event of a malfunction. When current caps fail they do so by shorting out internally, converting their stored energy into heat. That is, they explode. If a ultracap with enough energy to power a car where to become damaged (car accident?) it would not be pleasant.

  • Alec

    Great, but I’d like to add one more requirement. The winner should not discharge suddenly in the event of a malfunction. When current caps fail they do so by shorting out internally, converting their stored energy into heat. That is, they explode. If a ultracap with enough energy to power a car where to become damaged (car accident?) it would not be pleasant.

  • Drew

    Ultracapacitors are the future of EV battery technology and I am excited to see these students taking enormous initiative. Rock and roll playas.

  • Drew

    Ultracapacitors are the future of EV battery technology and I am excited to see these students taking enormous initiative. Rock and roll playas.

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