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    Oil-rich UAE to invest in renewable energy

    The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to invest $163bn in projects in a bid to generate almost half the country’s power needs from renewable sources.

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    These middle east oil rich countries better catch a wake up. Generating power is not their only problem when their oil reserves collapse and foreign money dries up. A friend of mine started working in UAE last year and he said their schooling system is a disgrace. They are getting so many foreigners to come and teach in their schools to "pretend" they are giving the best education, but in fact, the kids there are monsters. The kids treat the teachers like dirt and you dont dare discipline them else you get the parents and principle on your case big time. They cant fail either. The exams and tests from what I understand is just for show. A kid fails, you HAVE to put them through. He said the capabilities of these kids are horrific.
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    Nice to have tooo much money.

    They need to put in place a new economy system, as you mentioned Ockie, the oil will dry up

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    They certainly have the money to do this. Still a crazy country, they are just so different to the rest of the world. ( I am referring to their economy and oil.)

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    Arab countries investing in renewables? What next? Anglophiles learning a second language? Zuma and Hlaudi getting matric? ANC councils fixing potholes? Hell freezing over?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ockie View Post
    These middle east oil rich countries better catch a wake up. Generating power is not their only problem when their oil reserves collapse and foreign money dries up. A friend of mine started working in UAE last year and he said their schooling system is a disgrace. They are getting so many foreigners to come and teach in their schools to "pretend" they are giving the best education, but in fact, the kids there are monsters. The kids treat the teachers like dirt and you dont dare discipline them else you get the parents and principle on your case big time. They cant fail either. The exams and tests from what I understand is just for show. A kid fails, you HAVE to put them through. He said the capabilities of these kids are horrific.
    So basically education similar to what we have here?
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    This is a deeply significant gain for renewables. It sends a strong message about the future, but in the short term will accelerate renewable R&D and mature the UAE's renewable capability (yet another competitive centre)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jase View Post
    So basically education similar to what we have here?
    Well, I am not sure what the public schools are like. He was teaching in a private school in Centurion before. He is seriously regretting it. Says he should have rather gone to UK (he has a British Passport. They pay very well in the UAE, but the kids are breaking him down.
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    I bet they'll make sure that the tech will be infeasible replacement for fossil fuels on a first instalment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jase View Post
    So basically education similar to what we have here?
    For starters, our government doesn't go out of their way to place the best teachers in public schools and university education is not free. I think the reason why the Emirati kids are such brats is because they all have bright future. Set for life. No incentive to study or work hard since their government takes such good care of them. It's pointless to study hard or pass tests/exams, knowing you'll get government assistance when you're grown up (help with your first car, first house, monthly allowance, etc etc).

    SA scholars are mostly poor and many have the hunger for success so they can escape poverty. SA government school kids don't have world class educators or world class facilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impulse_One View Post
    I bet they'll make sure that the tech will be infeasible replacement for fossil fuels on a first instalment.
    What?
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    Wow, you have to grow it pretty long so that it even reaches your girly parts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakes147 View Post
    What?
    If they are getting their R&D and experience, they are going to share it at later stage, when their oil resources will dwindle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impulse_One View Post
    If they are getting their R&D and experience, they are going to share it at later stage, when their oil resources will dwindle...
    Not much R&D, its simply that Solar is the cheapest form of generation now.

    http://www.thenational.ae/business/e...ant-in-sweihan

    The consortium submitted an offer to expand the plant to 1,170MW at an offer of 2.30 cents
    2.3C / kwhr = R 0.31

    Nothing is competing with that sort of money per KWhr. Offshore wind is heading that direction.

    Our own SA previous record of R0.65c /kwhr will be more than halved in the next bidding rounds.
    Reliable generation for 8hrs in one of the sunniest countries in the world. Its so cheap, that even building storage together with solar is cheaper than Coal. Nuclear doesn't even come close.
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