SoftBank Group and Saudi Arabia plan to spend $200 billion building the world’s biggest solar power

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    SoftBank Group and Saudi Arabia plan to spend $200 billion building the world’s biggest solar power plant

    The capacity of 200 gigawatts is an incredible value, but I do not understand why Saudi Arabia needs such a huge amount of energy.
     
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    The Saudis are probably looking at a retirement fund, for when oil stops being so important. Invest while you can, and hope it pays off when oil won't.
     
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    Europe needs the power. The Saudi's are smart enough to realize that exporting oil is simply exporting energy, and they have a huge energy potential in the sun. So they can continue exporting energy by using the sun.
     
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    Until they perfect superconducting technology the only developed country they would be able to reach via power transmission lines at an acceptable power loss ratio would be (lol) Israel.
     
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    There is a big problem, this is the distance between Saudi Arabia and Europe. At such distances, the energy losses will be enormous. But if cheap and high-temperature superconductors are invented, it will change our world, as has already been done by the invention of electricity.
     
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    HVDC is better than AC, but the Pacific line is only 1/2 the size of what would be needed just to reach Athens. and that is by direct route, not the probable winding path the line would have to take due to political issues in the area.
     

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