Renewable Energy

All things energy, from solar and wind power to efficiency and off-grid living.

Add to My MSN

X Prize Finds “Craziest Green Idea” Winner

2/11/2009 9:50:41 AM

Tags: X Prize Foundation, green idea, green, X Prize, capacitor, challenge

UC Irvine students Bryan Le and Kyle Good stumbled upon the “What’s Your Crazy Green Idea” X Prize competition while searching online for contests they could enter. And surfing the web never paid off this much because — not only did they participate — they won the $25,000 prize!

On Sept. 10, 2008 the X Prize Foundation announced the competition and asked contestants to submit two-minute videos through YouTube that address a possible breakthrough on an energy-and-environment-related issue. (For more information, read Think Crazy Green Thoughts and Maybe Win $25,000.) More than 100 videos were submitted and three finalists were chosen. Then, it was up to the public to determine the final winner.

Over 4,000 viewers decided that the “craziest” green idea was “The Capacitor Challenge,” which challenges the X Prize Foundation to develop a new storage medium. You can see the winning video below.

For future X Prize reading, check out Jack McCornack’s blog about building a 100-mpg car for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize.

Content Tools

Post a comment below.


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.