Solar in the Sahara

A recent report by the European commission’s Institute for Energy has suggested that collecting just 0.3% of the light incident on the Sahara and Middle eastern desert could yield enough energy generated from photovoltaic PV to power the entirety of Europe.

So could we see more barren landscapes being used as a place to capture photo and convert them to our ever growing demand for electrons? It does make sense to use land that has little or no other agricultural or commercial value. Solar photovoltaics make perfect sense in hot arrid climates as the power generated can be used in sea water desalination.

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