African Architecture has a post that i really really liked. It is titled “African deserts a potential clean energy goldmine?” I say absolutely!
Maybe African venture capitalists, investors and property developers could look at converting the Sahara and Kalahari deserts into vast solar energy farms and ecofriendly new cities.
The technology he posts on is that of using solar chimneys. here is pic i borrowed from him.
(totally unrelated, but he has a very cool name. ‘Ugo’) o.k, lets get back to the matter at hand,
consider the fact noted awhile back that “Africa is home to the over 9 million kmÂ² Sahara desert, whose overall capacity â?? assuming 50 MW/kmÂ² day/night/cloud average with 15% efficient photovoltaic panels â?? is over 450 TW, or over 4 million terawatt-hours per year.”
The potential is indisputable. Now where is the money?
::To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France.