Solution to an Energy Utopian Oriented Alternative Fuel

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After evaluating the grounds for society's alternative fuel failure it was made clear to us that on route to an ideal utopian world of energy there are very hardy obstructions present. By exploring the utopian scenario, we uncovered the primary roots of this evil to be of either of political, technological, and infrastructural nature. Because of the numerous unconventional fuels available, we found that the failure of their implementation is not principally due to political or technological barriers but primarily attributable to it’s infrastructural roots. In order to facilitate the large scale shift in alternative fuel vehicles (AFV), society must overcome the infrastructural overhaul required to provide society with adequate access to the unconventional fuels. John Sterman illustrates that , “there are results showing that there is a tipping point in the diffusion of AFVs: successful adoption of alternative fuel vehicles requires fueling infrastructures that persist long enough to push the AFV installed base over a critical threshold. Efforts falling short of the tipping point will not lead to sustained adoption”.1 This shift, in a society based predominantly on gas powered vehicles, introduces supplementary challenges with infrastructure change such as funding and the physical detriment. In the century long lifespan of the gas vehicle, the evolution of our cities, neighbourhoods, work, and leisure have significantly adapted in infrastructure to be centered around the gas powered vehicle. It is clear that alternative vehicles now face a mature industry, and fully developed infrastructure developed for gas. We found that the root of these changes revolve mainly around the use of service stations and refuelling stations. This is... ... middle of paper ... ...0). MQUP. Kindle Edition. 2. Struben, J., and Sterman, J. D. (2008) Transition challenges for alternative fuel vehicle and transportation systems. Environment and Planning 35, 1070–1094 3. Thomas, C. E. (2009) Fuel cell and battery electric vehicles compared. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 34, 6005–6020 1. Sterman, John & John Struben (05-23-2008). MIT Environmental Planning B: Planning and Design 2008. Transition Challenges for Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Transportation Systems. Volume 35, pp 1073-1074. 2. Greene, David (1990). Fuel Choice for Multi-Fuel Vehicles. Contemporary Economic Policy. Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 118-137. 3. John Struben & Sterman, John (05-23-2008). MIT Environmental Planning B: Planning and Design 2008. Transition Challenges for Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Transportation Systems. Volume 35, pp 1074.

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