Why I am interested in this, more than other stuff
This blog has been so far the longest open project that I articulated. The reason being that I believe in economies that are not only sustainable but efficient.
Solving the energy question has a lot of potential, it allows us to address other key elements, those of water and food security.
These I believe along with the fight against AIDS, also an important concern in our continent, are the main pressing issues.
As a matter of fact the potential for energy dependent countries to become net energy producers can lift their living standards considerably by providing revenue streams which can have a great impact, including health standards wise; And that's where I think things are heading with the massive and commendable commercial effort by the Chinese to render solar panels cost effective, as well as worldwide research in energy capture, with thin film solar and solar coatings, storage, efficiency and transmission.
Many areas of the continent still live in the dark, or are held back from information superhighways by not having access to energy. The potential for human development is considerable. Indeed the question is not when solar energy is going to become mainstream but how and who is going to benefit the most. I believe we all benefit. In Morocco 26,000 homes in rural Morocco are going to benefit from solar power in partnership with the country’s National Electricity Office.
The project will bring solar power to more than 163,000 people who previously had no access to electricity. The project is scheduled to be complete by 2018 and is expected to cost €25m. Subsidiary company Temasol will supply, install and maintain the systems.
There can be I believe no mistaken efforts made in pursuing renewable energy aside from not letting domestic and international markets value the firms operating in the sector by themselves, as in the Solyndra case, or offsetting the global market by imposing excessive tariffs as is taking place regarding Chinese solar panel exports to the U.S.
In the end, in this matter of reaching efficiency rapidly, governments should favor development and research but not substitute themselves to the markets. Bear in mind that the global market is not optimal in any way, but it is the best consensus we all can make.
Incidentally, renewable energy, water and food autonomy here on earth and whatever efficiencies we can achieve will be the best technology we can come up with to allow for colonies in earth like systems. Several such potential systems have been discovered already.
As you see the question of renewable energy has got a lot of dimensions to it in terms of what it can help achieve, both here, and on distant systems, if we are to be able to reach one someday.
Of course, to quote Buckminster Fuller, a major source of inspiration in this journey, we have to start with spaceship Earth.
And it is here that we have to come up with a spaceship that doesn't waste its energy, leak its water and where everyone is fed.
Space has also been a keen interest of mine, but I dislike very much the idea of reaching space while people still die of hunger. It means we didn't think things trough, dehydrated foods an example of space technology could allow an emergency agency such the World Food Emergency Program to stockpile food for years in prevision of droughts. And we know now how to capture water thanks to discrete systems such as nets for water captation, we are exploring ways to desalinate ways thanks to renewable energy in portable and autonomous micro systems.
Often in areas of concern such as in Horn of Africa, a large coast is present that could allow for developing a water desalination system to provide a sustainable resource in water, both drinkable and for agrarian purposes. For the system to be efficient, drip irrigation should be considered.
Renewable energy, water desalination and micro irrigation systems all have got the potential to remedy to the discrepancies between our current stage of technological achievements and the dire realities billions not having access to energy, water or food, by bringing the sciences of the future, including space science to help address Earth's problems today.
Or in other words, keep our sights on the horizon, and our feet on the ground.
Last but not least, you can enjoy these visuals in high definition by clicking on the images.
[Horizon by Hameed]
[Space helmet by unknown]
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