A crash course in changing the world.
People everywhere are creating more energy efficient ways to do things. Just everyday people. A friend of my dad recently bought himself a new 4x4, in which he then had the engine converted to run on leftover oil from fast food chains [i.e. McDonalds]. I’m sure people have done this before, but the wh*** concept of DIY fuel efficient cars is great because it shows this is someone that has actually put more efficient energy up high on their priorities list.
It’s no secret solar power works on, well, the energy from the sun. So why doesn’t solar power work in the desert? There’s tons of sun and not a tree in sight.
Solar power is such an issue trying to use in the desert because of the sheer amount of dust particles floating around in the air in the desert. In the United Arab Emirates when it was attempted to make a solar power plant there was much excitement around the general area. Disappointment reigned when failure was admitted. Not enough of the sun’s energy was able to actually reach the solar panels to even make it half worthwhile.
However, by combining industries, companies are about to use energy twice, so to speak. Also in the United Arab Emirates, there is a large company, using tons of energy in order to produce its goods. Directly next to this company a water purifying system was built. The water purifying plant (which changes sea water to pure water), uses the heat from the factory to evaporate the water on a massive scale. This makes the wh*** system amazingly energy efficient.
So before you take the simple option and ask why we don’t just build more sustainable energy plants, remember the bigger picture. As always, think out of the box.