Europeans want to power Europe from Sahara Desert solar cells.

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    Europeans are seriously thinking about supplementing Europes energy needs with Solar
    energy from the Sahara Desert. They did a study, and found out that the vast desert region of the Sahara Desert, would be a huge energy provider for not only Europe , but the entire world.!

    They figured feel that 400 billion Euros would be enough to get things rolling.
    Obstacles include, African countries viewing the entire project, and or proposal , as
    another attempt to colonialize Africa, by Europeans, who have a terrible history throughout
    the African continent, from their actions in the past, and present.

    Positives, include the fact that this project could help accelerate the modernization of the
    African continent, and would lift many out of poverty in Africa, and would reduce famine,starvation, and the lack of clean drinking water.

    My link was the www.bbc.com ,bbcnews.com
    This is a real story.
    07/13/2009
     
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    It seems to be more an idea than a plan, because I think Europe's need for energy is more likely to be met by combined wind, solar, nuclear, osmotic and tidal power in the next century, but this is a fascinating idea.

    It actually makes a lot of sense, although I think the energy might first go to power some of the African super cities like Cairo and Nairobi, before being sent to Europe!
     
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    The europeans will make huge money out of the deal.

    And the african people will get pennies
     
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    That is possible, but actually I doubt it.

    Part of the thrust of the Copenhagen discussions is how to move the third world more towards using sustainable power - projects like this may well supply energy to both Europe and Africa.

    It also needs to be said that Libya could afford to do this itself - if it chooses not to, that is their issue.
     
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    This is what I am hearing also, the Europeans will rape all the profits out of this project, and the African countries will get pennies.
     
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    Big technical obstacle.
    The further you transmit electrical power the more you power lose.
    AC current in Europe and the US are different frequencies (50hz vs 60hz as I recall) because the power lines were once the cause of line inductance and the poles were set a different distance apart in Europe than in the US.
    AC transmits poorly over long distances.
    DC does not transmit over long distances.
    Solar power from the Sahara will take too much effort (keeping the lines clear, keeping the solar cells working, etc) to yield much energy return despite what some might think.

    Yes solar from the Sahara would be nice, but it just won't work.
     
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    I tend to agree, Charles.

    I think solar in the Sahara is a great idea, but would seem a better option to power Egypt and Morocco, than Austria or France.

    52nd st -

    Can you provide your source, please?
     
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    wow, i guess these Europeans have never heard of a sand storm in the desert and what that would do to solar panels
    :lol:
     
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    College physics classes. As I recall the basic text in electromagnetism was "Physics" by Halliday and Resnik
     
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    They have developed a new space age material,computers, and transmission bosters to deal with the transmission power loss problem.
     

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