One of the most important factors in alternative energies is battery storage. Collecting the energy efficiently is important and essential however, without adequate storage that efficiency can be lost. One of the most important things we can do in the present period to propel greater use in alternative energy is to work to increase battery life using better materials.
If we are to break our addiction to foreign Middle Eastern Oil then we must not only develop new technologies, grow some of our own fuel and have more hybrids on the roads in American, but we must invest heavily in research and development in high-tech , long-lasting batteries. Call them the Energizer Bunny on steroids if you will and we must mass-produce them even faster than the organic bunny rabbits if we are too stay ahead of the game.
Consider that in the United States we build and sell some 17 million cars per year. In 2005 we sold barely 200,000 hybrids and quite frankly that is rather insignificant although it is a start. We need to continue to break our technological best each year.
We need more powerful batteries, which are smaller and smaller and lighter in weight, which last longer. At MIT for instance they are doing just that and while it's a start we need to continue to push the envelope if we are to reach our goals of breaking our addiction to Middle Eastern Oil so consider all this in 2006.