Let’s forget, for the moment, about Raja Petra, Harris Ibrahim, the police and FRU as well as the cows for a while.
It’s the new year. And with a new year, I think we are entitled to at least one new hope. Or one dream. Why not? After all, when hopes and dreams fade and vanish does death begin, I think.
Let’s talk about the environment, for a change.
About global warming. The melting of the ice caps. The greenhouse effects. The complete reliance on fossil fuel by the whole world. The consumption of fossil energy which results in the production of carbon which in turn eats up the ozone layer. Which then makes the world warmer and even hotter. Which then makes all of us turn on our air-conditioners even more. Which means we consume even more energy. The power plants then burn even more fossil fuel to produce energy. Which means they produce more carbons which in turn eats up the ozone making the world even hotter. And the heat melts the ice caps. Making the sea level grow higher. And it goes on and on and on in an endless cycle.
What will be of our children and their children?
What are we doing about this?
Personally, I must admit I have not done much about this issue really. Apart from trying not to use plastic bags when I shop or making sure the lights and air-conditioners are switched off if they are not of any use to anybody. For the future, I plan to buy a hybrid car for the family.
That’s about it!
I did try though to sell an idea to someone within the corridors of power about 2-3 years ago. But the guy yawned after 15 minutes. Okay, perhaps I was not good at selling the idea. Hence the reaction.
To my mind, why do we continue to build mega industrial, commercial and recreational parks? Can’t we, as a nation, do something different? I was thinking of an Environmental Park or a Green Technology Park. Call it whatever you like, but the idea is simple.
We take a huge swath of land – which we seem to have in abundance - somewhere. We turn that area into a park which only use alternative power/energy. Let that park be absolutely and independently sustained by powers generated from the wind, the sunlight, the water and whatever natural means that are within our possession.
Well, actually, we cannot exactly say that we possess those natural means. I mean how can we say that we possess the sunlight or the wind. But we can always claim to have the ability to exploit them if we have the knowledge and technology to harness those natural resources and turn them into power or energy.
So, let’s imagine this huge area of land. We build all the infrastructures which are necessary for all those people and corporations with the knowledge and technology to come here to try to exploit those natural resources to produce energy. We create an environment which is conducive for these people to do research, to experiment and to produce. We invite all of them to come here.
The locals can also join in. We do not lack knowledge. Our people have the expertise and specialist knowledge in all sorts of scientific areas. Our people have even managed to trace the Malay genome, for example (not that I know what genome is!). Bring them back here and let them research. And allow them to flourish in our own country.
So, let’s all of us imagine. This huge area of land is full of people, locals and internationals, doing research on alternative power and energy. Good, efficient and clean power and energy. It is for the good of the country. And the world at large.
And within that particular land area, people live in homes powered by these alternative energy and power. People drive vehicles using those alternative energy. People exchange ideas about these technologies, conduct forums and seminars about them – in halls and buildings powered by alternative energies – and sell them to the world.
I believe that will be a world’s first because really I don’t think any country in the world has ever done that. Even if there are, I don’t think they have done that at such a scale and at such level of governmental supports. We love to create world records, don’t we? We have the 1st astronaut who makes teh tarik in space. We have the tallest twin towers in the world. The biggest ketupat in the world. The longest shortest fattest thinnest roundest squarest whatever in the world. Why not the 1st Green City in the world?
I think we have enough of non-organic steel and brick jungles in Malaysia. We have Putrajaya. Which is nice but which does nothing for the future (except to those people who happened to own lands in that area before they were purchased by Putrajaya Holdings). Then we have the Iskandar Regional Development area in Johor. Soon we will have another 3000 acres of bricks and steel city somewhere in Sungai Buloh. Penang is also trying to have whatever city. Proton has its own city. And God knows what else. There may be compelling economics and socio-political reasons for all these cities. And they may be built for completely altruistic reason(s) too.
However, why not a Green City? Why don’t we do that? There are equally compelling economics and socio-political reasons for it to be built and developed I am sure. I mean, we could spend 250 million bucks on cows. Can’t we spend 250 million bucks or even substantially more for the future of our own children, our country and the world at large?
Let’s continue our hope and dream for the future.
Imagine this. Just imagine this. As far fetched as it may sound, why don’t we just let our mind to go on a journey.
In our journey, we have a technology available at our doorstep which could multiply a unit of diesel or fuel – even jet fuel – just by adding a unit of water to that fuel.
Yes. You read it right. Take a unit of diesel for example. Let’s say a litre of diesel. Add a litre of water to it. Pump that mixture through this gadget. And the result is 2 litres of diesel. Not only that. The two litres of diesel produced by this technology would have higher calorific value than the original diesel. It will also have a staggering 95% less sulphur than the original diesel. In addition, the final product will also have a higher cetane index than the original.
Most importantly, the final product will post 0.03 unit of carbon residue as compared to 0.3 unit from the original.
And all it takes to double the volume of diesel as well as achieve all these added benefits is just one similar unit of water. Just plain old clean water and nothing else.
Impossible isn’t it?
I mean, it is laughable. How can a unit of fuel be doubled up – not to mention with all the added benefits - by the addition of a similar unit of water?
However, we would forever be stuck with conventionality if we do not allow our mind to open and journey to the lands of impossibility. Who would, after all, have thought that today we could connect with a person in Los Angeles as of now with negligible cost? Did we even dream of e-mails, blogs, news portals, facebook, twitter, you-tube, flickr etc and the endless and almost limitless possibilities of the cyber-world 15 years ago?
What if I say as of now – as of writing this article – there is a technology available to do just that? And one of the senior management of the company having this technology is a Malaysian?
What if I say that the results of the lab tests of the final product confirm what I had just stated above? And the tester is none other than SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd?
And here’s the lab report.
What if I say that on 20th December 2011, a full physical demonstration of this technology had been successfully done in Port Klang? The advertorial in respect of this event can be read here.
I shudder to think that our media – mainstream and or otherwise – have completely failed to report this ground-breaking event. The fact that an advertorial had to be taken to publicise this event speaks volume of the hopeless state of newspapers and news-reporting agencies that we have to live with in Malaysia.
So, let’s us imagine. And in our imaginary journey, we could double up the volume of fuel just by adding water to it. And the final fuel burns better and more efficiently. And produces substantially less carbon too.
What will then happen to this world? What will the future hold? What will happen to the Middle-East; to the fat Arab Sheikhs; to the arm pedlars and war mongers; to the bankrupt politicians who have nothing to offer but only misplaced sense of patriotism and nationalism; to the Protons of the world; to Air-Asia and MAS of the world; to Gardenia bread; to RPK, Harris Ibrahim, Anwar Ibrahim, Putrajaya, Dr Mahathir, Kencana Petroleum, Petronas and all of us, the rest of the fossil fuel hungry maniacs of the world.
Would or wouldn’t this be a gift to the world?