Norway and Jordan Sign Agreement to Make Sahara Forest Project Oasis a Reality

by , 01/18/11

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Way back in 2008, we reported on a proposal for the Sahara Forest Project, an incredible sustainable solution to resource scarcity that would turn the Sahara Desert into a source for food, water, and energy. If you thought the idea was too good to be true, think again. Norway and Jordan recently signed an agreement to allow for the development of a pilot Sahara Forest Project system on a plot of land in a coastal area in Jordan. The group will also conduct a number of studies in Jordan, with financial backing from Norwegian authorities.

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The chosen test site is a 200,000 square meter plot in Aqaba, a coastal town in the far south of Jordan, close to the shore of the Red Sea. The agreement also secured an additional 2 million square meters for later expansion. The Sahara Forest Project combines Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Seawater Greenhouses to provide a huge amount of renewable energy and sustainable agricultural solutions, essentially turning one of the world’s most inhospitable environments into a flourishing oasis.

Seawater Greenhouses use solar power to convert salt water into fresh water, which is then used to grow fresh vegetables and algae (to absorb CO2). CSP provides the energy to power the whole operation. CSP uses thousands of mirrors to direct sunlight upon a water boiler, heating it to over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. The boiler produces steam, which moves a turbine to create energy.

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  1. Mary @ Green Global Travel August 31, 2013 at 10:26 am

    This is an incredibly inspiring article on a bold and innovative project! I hope that they will be successful and look forward to future updates on the project!

  2. Noruega e Jordânia se ... May 30, 2011 at 6:15 am

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  3. Beatriz Fonnegra de Linas March 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm


  4. Headpack January 24, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Wonderful project. But since when is Sahara located in Jordan?

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