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Thank you for your Climate CoLab contest entry. We appreciate your willingness to share your ideas and also the time and effort you put into developing a proposal and submitting it to the Climate CoLab site.
We, the Judges, have strongly considered your proposal and found that it contained intriguing elements; however, we have chosen to not advance it to the next round of competition. Feedback from the Judges, along with our ratings, have been posted to the “Evaluation Results” section of your proposal and sent to you in a separate email.
Comments from the judges:
- The technology in question has already been attempted by the US Navy as the author correctly points out. However, there are some serious questions to be addressed. Firstly, the judges feel that a significantly greater deal of research must be conducted by the author in order to understand the viability of the technology further. Many reports have outlined that a significant sum of water is required in order for a useful amount of fuel to be produced (estimates of "nine million cubic meters of water to make 100,000 gallons of fuel" [Smithsonian] have been found, assuming 100% efficiency). In addition, there could be a significant and unknown impact on sea life by using so much water.
- A significant issue with this technology is the fact that the boats will effectively be burning fuel in order to create the fuel that they are ultimately going to burn. The only way this technology may work is if nuclear powered carriers become more common (of which there are currently only a handful).
- Overall, the impact of this project is highly uncertain and depends on a large number of technological factors which may not be implemented in the near future.
We encourage you to keep developing your proposal. Transfer it to a Workspace to re-open it, make edits, add collaborators, and even submit it into a future contest. You can do so by logging into your account, opening your proposal, selecting the Admin tab, and clicking “Move proposal.”
We welcome you to stay involved in the Climate CoLab community: support and comment on proposals that have been named Semi-Finalists and Finalists, and even volunteer to join one those teams if you have relevant expertise. During the voting period, you can help select the contest’s Popular Choice Winner. Climate CoLab will be opening more contests throughout the year and you are welcome to submit your proposal to those contests as well.
Keep up the great work. We hope that by working together, we all can create solutions that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
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