The science is done. What's left is engineering, including financial and legal engineering, so these findings can get into mass production in the shortest possible time.
That will be difficult given the present patent system. Patent holders, even universities, have a habit of holding onto patent rights like Rod Blagojevich holding a Senate appointment. Egos and greed can get in the way.
But we don't have time for this. The future of renewable energy can't wait. These discoveries need to be broadly licensed, quickly, so that high-capacity graphene capacitors get into the market as soon as possible. Challenges like this are what America does best.
Imagine an electric car that can go hundreds of miles on a charge, and that recharges in minutes. Imagine a solar power installation that can hold its power until the grid needs it. Imagine an airplane that really is lighter, and whose primary functions run on electricity?
Now stop imagining.
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