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The Sahara’s Solar Energy Potential

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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!)

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  1. Here’s a map of the Desertec-project, photovoltaics, wind power and others in the EUMENA-Region (Europe, Middle East, North Africa): http://www.siemens.co.za/energy-efficiency/images/desertec-renewable-energy_596x430.jpg. Imagine the whole net becoming one single smart grid one day 😉

    • Thanks Max! All areas with high/long solar exposure should be developed this way – if all the deserts powered all the earth it would be awesome!

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