Is Buddhism a Renewable Energy?
Is Buddhism a Renewable Energy?
  • Kim Kyung-nam
  • 승인 2009.12.08 16:52
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Kim Kyung-nam, CEO of Microdigital Co., Ltd.

I am often asked, among financing, technology development, marketing and sales, what is the most difficult part in running a company For me, it is always the people. It is very hard to locate a person who is suitable for the position I open. If there is karma or ties between the one and me, it could be a piece of cake. Otherwise, I used to spend a few months with tons of resumes and ceaseless interviews.

Resumes and interviews are the two key factors in hiring. One interesting thing in the Korean standard resume form is that it shows the applicant's very personal area. Some applicants used to send me resumes with religious preferences. Though I have been running a technology-led company for seven years, I still don't understand why people mark their religion in resumes.

Buddhism has got something to do with the story of this issue. Buddhism usually reminds people of mercy, good and evil, eternity, and of course Buddha. The key word of Buddhism for me is Samsara or transmigrationism. Though we do not know where the beginning or the ending is, the spirit is transmigrated regardless of the outer form.

What is the relationship between Buddhism's transmigrationism and energy Petroleum, a representative of fossil fuels, leaves a bad trace to people and the earth after consumption. It causes pollution and makes carbon compounds such as carbon dioxide, causing the greenhouse effect. In other words, petroleum energy consumption is like an arrow directing one way without turning back.

In contrast to fossil fuels, renewable energy has a permanently rotating or renewable life-cycle. Solar energy, wind power energy, and earth heat energy are the most widely acknowledged ones. Governments of advanced countries have been spending astronomical budgets on the development and commercialization of these renewable energy sources. However, these types of energies cannot be utilized as fuels for transportation vehicles.

Biofuel is a renewable energy for transportation fuels. What is the most promising source for biofuel Qualification needs to be addressed.

First, it should be renewable and harmless. What can badly affect human beings or the earth is automatically disqualified. Secondly, it has to be non-food in origin. Food is always ahead of civilization. People can not give up food for the sake of automobile operations.

Micro algae or simply algae perfectly satisfy the two qualifications. Algae are very small phytoplankton living in fresh water or the sea. Though they feed on just carbon dioxide and light, some species of algae can produce a better percentage of biofuel than sugar cane.

Algae's best renewable bio energy qualification can be easily described by using Buddhism's transmigrationism. There is a circle or transmigration symbol with 6, 9, 12 and 3 o'clock marks on it. At 6 o'clock algae are cultured thanks to existing carbon dioxide from automobile and sunlight. Mechanical engineers extract biofuel from algae at 12 o'clock. Chemical processing engineers convert biofuel into biodiesel for automobile fuel at 3 o'clock. At 6 o'clock carbon dioxide from automobile exhaust are fed on to algae for production. Of course, solar energy is the fundamental driving source of the circle.

Buddhism's transmigrationism says that with bad karma, human beings can be born again as animals and that animals can be reborn as human being with good karma. Energy's transmigrationism says carbon dioxide can be born again as algae and the algae reborn as carbon dioxide passing through biodiesel and automobiles.

As Buddhism' karma is the driving force for outer form conversion, solar energy and engineering technology are the driving force for the transformation of algae into bioenergy. Here, three types of work should be performed by engineers.

First of all, the best species of algae should be selected. Since algae are a kind of plant their carbon dioxide consumption is limited. Algae for oil production should have the potential to over-consume carbon dioxide, exceeding the saturation point. In addition algae with a higher lipid content rate are preferred. Lipids are a sort of fat which can be easily converted into oil.

Secondly, an optimal photo-bioreactor should be deigned and manufactured. A photo-bioreactor is a bio-reactor with the ability to aid in photosynthesis. Since algae are a sort of plant, light is a necessity for culturing. In addition to light, gases including carbon dioxide and nutrients should be supplied using photo-bioreactor. Nowadays the design of the photo-bioreactor is one of the hot issues. In order to utilize algae as bioenergy, mass production of algae is a must and therefore, scaling up capability of photo-bioreactor is a key factor of design.

Lastly post process after collecting algae from photo-bioreactor needs to be performed. It includes collection of algae, extracting lipids from algae and converting algae into biofuel.

Low carbon green growth is seen in many resumes. Declaration of the era of low carbon and green growth in G20 summit is seen in many media. Buddhism's transmigrationism matched engineering technology for algae into bioenergy is a short cut to new era of energy.

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