We all know solar energy is the most abundant source of renewable energy. It is also unfortunately not the most optimally harvested, stored and transmitted source. I mostly understand the inhibiting factors that have stopped modern society from tapping solar power more efficiently, but I have to wonder why there hasn’t been an exponential amount more interest and money thrown at developing it. Especially when 2 projects claim they could provide a massive percentage of the world’s energy from the world’s largest desert! The Sahara Solar Breeder Project claims it can provide 50% of the world’s energy, while (Desertec) claims that it can provide a humble 15% of Europe’s energy. Both projects seem massively impressive, but will they deliver?
Sandstorms, as yet non-existant technology, international relations and massive funding requirements are but a few of the hurdles to be overcome to ensure this potential is achieved.
(Sorry CleanTehnica, your desert pic was too hilarious not to re-use!)