Within the space of six hours, the world’s deserts receive more energy than all the people in the world consume in a year. The only question we have to answer is:
“How can this radiant energy be economically transformed into useful
energy and transported to consumers?”
The DESERTEC Concept provides a solution to this.
In order to meet today’s global power demand […] it would suffice to equip about 3/1000th of the world’s deserts (about 90,000 km2) with solar collectors of solar thermal power plants. About 20 m2 of desert would be enough to meet the individual power demand of one human being day and night — all this absolutely CO2 free.
[pg 6] Europe’s Desertec project Red Paper (pdf)
The Race is ON — to find the World’s Largest Solar Footprint!
Here are some of the contenders …
Large-scale photovoltaic power plants
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