Send in the Skeptics
The Wave Disk Generator is obviously a novel concept. But having prototypes work in lab is not the same as building the real thing and putting it inside a car. Soon, Müller and his staff will test a 25-kilowatt wave disk generator, which is equivalent to about 34-horsepower, just to see if it will scale to real-world scenarios [source: Nesbit]. If it works, the generator could revolutionize the automotive and energy industries; but if it flops, it could get tossed on top of a growing, heaping pile of energy prospects that never quite panned out.
Any new idea takes on a lot of criticism, especially in the beginning, and a few people have take swings at the WDG's efficiency claims. Some believe that reaching 60 percent efficiency is just not possible. If it does work though, Müller wants it to move hybrids 500 miles (804.7 kilometers) on a single tank of gas, and do it cheaper than any other hybrid on the road today [source: Rice].
I'd be lying if we said we weren't hoping for that. And you'd probably be lying too if you said you didn't want to save gas on each trip and pump less CO2 into the air. But no matter what we're all saying, if the wave disk can outperform our beloved internal combustion engine we might have the best of both worlds -- power and efficiency at our fingertips. Or foot pedals...whichever one, really.