Using Deserts To Power The World

Using Deserts To Power The World
Innovation

The DESERTEC Concept provides an answer that will allow most people in the world access to solar and wind power from the world's energy-rich desert areas.

Kyana Gordon
  • 24 february 2010

The DESERTEC Concept aims to confront global challenges such as climate change, population growth beyond earth’s capacity, and an increase in demand for energy and water. Describing the concept in a Red Paper, the DESERTEC Foundation describes how the sun offers the best solution because within six hours, the world‘s deserts receive more energy than all the people in the world consume in a year. One questions arises from this statement: “how can this radiant energy be economically transformed into useful energy and transported to consumers?“

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