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Posted by on Jul 1, 2009

Africa could fuel the world

I am taking this from Appfrica, an absolutely brilliant blog discussing developments on the African continent.

Imagine endless row of solar fields in the Sahara. As discussed by Appfrica:

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“When it comes to plans for solar, the concept would be to build a massive solar grid, using hydro-electric backup generators in the Mediterranean region to power Europe. The image above taken from treehugger.com shows just how little land it would take to power the entire world. The smaller box would be sufficient for contemporary Germany, the middle box represents powering the populations of the countries in the European Union and the largest box represents the land it would take to power the entire planet.”

The large box could fuel the entire world. Amazing. That means a solar panel resting on a thimble could power my lazy self on a Saturday morning.

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