Renewable energy technologies…

Firstly, things here in Canada are different, people of a lighter skin are cleaning the streets, the subway, etc. I felt a bit wierd because i am so used to seing people of a darker skin do such work. Anyways, this is not Africa…the majority are not Africans. Secondly, i met this chinese guy who crosses almost all the boundaries, talk about being out of the box. This guy made his own fuel cell at home, he can fix almost anything,  if it was not for so many regulatory laws in Canada, this guy would have his car running on water or used oil. He has a master’s degree in Civil engineering and refuses to work for anyone. Right now, he works for a church and for some school to fix and install stuff. He sees no reason to have gone to a formal school, for he believes everything can be learnt through the internet/youtube.  He feels that if he was in South Africa, he would do a lot, for there are few regulatory laws most especial for renewable energy technologies. This guy redifines things acording to his understanding, he does not go along with the current accepted definitions of the society and so called professionals.

This made me question then, who really makes the rules of how we should live. Clearly here in Canada if people such as this friend of mine had their way, i bet, lots of business will loose out.  So to prevet such freedom, regulations are made. So at the end of the day, regulations might not necessarily mean to make people’s lives better, but so that bussiness may make more profits. If this guy was in South Africa, he would literaly not pay electrity and petrol. Now apart from one wanting to save lots of money due to better energy technologies, i think life could be better and highly simple. We have lots of rural places in South Africa, they could have access to information about their country through radio, the education system could be improved massively through electrification  of many rural places.  We are told that many of the renewable energy technologies such as solar pannels, geothermal, etc, are expensive, but when i told this guy such news his face shrunk, he could not believe me, it was as if i was saying a joke. He told me of his civil engineering friend who just build a geothermal energy system and its been shared by ten people. These people are not rich but are able to afford the system. In Africa we have lots of land, great climate for renewable energy technologies, still having rural places without electricity and people spending lots of money on energy is just a joke to this friend of mine.  So Africa what are we waiting for?

3 thoughts on “Renewable energy technologies…

  1. In South Africa we have a lot of land but most view education differently. Yes there is a system that produces professionals and there is another system that consumes them. Both systems rely on each other and unfortunately as some would say it means individuals do not really exercise their individuality but strive to fit whatever mold the system that consumes professionals needs. We also have not empowered our people to use information to its potential. The age old adage that knowledge is power is still true but without the right tools to transform information to knowledge we thus are stuck. Those who can do the transformation see opportunity and lost opportunity everywhere while those who cant do the transformation mostly strive for the basics.

  2. Some of the very same people who are professionals today come from rural places…but still little is being done, so on a fundamental level according to my chinese friend, we are the tools of transformation…, however as you put it, “Those who can do the transformation see opportunity and lost opportunity everywhere while those who cant do the transformation mostly strive for the basics.”

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