Sahara Desert can provide Electricity to all of the Humanity
Humanity needs energy more and more, so the search for alternative sources does not stop even for a minute. The attention of scientists has been attracting the Sahara desert for more than a year. Its vast expanses and location under the Sun can provide people with energy in large quantities. Territories are largely not used at all, so there is plenty of free space.
Available Sun Energy
German scientist Gerhard Nies suggested that instead of waiting for years and even decades from the nature of fossils to extract energy, it is better to take it directly from the source that generates all the energy on the planet. Of course, we are talking about our giant luminary. After all, fossil fuels: oil, gas, coal, go through a long way of formation, and the sun plays a significant role in this process.
The scientist found out that in just 6 hours all the deserts of the planet receive more solar energy than is used by mankind in a whole year. The Sahara Desert is the largest on earth, with an area of 8.6 million square kilometers. If you install solar panels on it, you can provide energy to all of Europe.
Gerhard Nies is sure that in order to provide people around the world with electricity, they will need to cover only 1.2% of the largest desert with solar panels. And this is important to take into account, because the fossils will someday end, and the Sun by the standards of human life forever. You can now begin to provide humanity with cheap energy without harming the Earth. And fossils can be saved, and carbon dioxide emissions will be many times smaller.
Contribution to the project and difficulties
Of course, to implement such a grandiose and at the same time very necessary project, significant investments will be required. So far this is the main problem, however, negotiations are ongoing. The Desertec project was founded in 2009 and provides for the placement of solar panels in the Sahara. When the weather is sunny, the energy will be stored in special storage facilities and supplied to people.
The project has industry partners who are willing to invest in it. The cost of the project is 400 billion euros and it will pay off in a few years of active work. There are two problems - the transition to such an energy source and the logistical, geopolitical difficulties of using solar panels in the Sahara. Yes, and African governments do not yet give vent to the development of the project, because they make good money on oil production.