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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.

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Comment by L on March 27, 2010 at 3:03am
That's wise indeed.
Comment by Thomas Carlisle on March 27, 2010 at 3:03am
The interesting thing is I knew a man who also converted an old beater into an Oil car. The man was a genius and did it himself from scraps and a diesel engine. It got awesome mileage, and also ran off oil from fast food joints (But it had to be filtered several times).

I have been to the U.A.E. twice, about a month between visits, and there was noticeable growth between each visit. Dubai is supposed to be the fastest growing city in the world (last time I check). However, water desalinization plants like what they use in the middle east have a huge draw back. They tend to pump the waste back into the ocean, which is a sort of salt sludge. This turns the waters near the plant into sort of a Super Brine, making it completely unfit for sea life. The irresponsible countries that use them cause more pollution than some of the biggest industrial cities in the developed world.
Comment by Amber Sofia on March 27, 2010 at 4:17am
Yeah I lived in the UAE for a few years and pollution was a major factor there. The problem with the Middle Eastern Society in Dubai is that the Technology grew fast whereas the local people's mindsets have not changed at the same rate. This raises a number of issues. With such a young yet developed society, this means the country has not properly seen the consequences their actions shall have. Therefore, the UAE simply throws its weight around without second thought. When you were over there you might have also seen the massive income inequality along with how the uneducated workforce is taken advantage of.


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