Sahara Solar Breeder Project Will Turn Desert Into Energy Source

by , 11/24/10

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The Sahara Solar Breeder Project is currently being developed by scientists from leading universities in Japan, and will use the world’s biggest desert as its main energy source. The idea behind the initiative is to build silicon manufacturing and solar power plants in the desert, in turn using the power generated from these plants to build even more silicon and power plants in a “breeding” process. Scientists are hoping that such plants will be able to supply energy worldwide through DC power lines using high-temperature superconductors. While the project is still in its research stages, they have already set a target goal of providing 50% of the world’s energy by 2050.


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  1. mkass November 30, 2010 at 7:39 am

    This concept could actually blend well with the solar roadways technology being developed. The key element being the silica.

  2. Double The Price of Gas November 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    “The green energy infrastruc­ture is what will save America. Solar, wind and hydro power. Tax the oil and coal usage out of existence. We spend 1 billion every single day on just oil alone and it goes to countries that hat us. We need to keep that money here. Double the price a oil and call it the save America tax. Imagine if we invested 1 billion a day in renewable energy infrastruc­ture. We would see immediate results, no more oil issues.”

    Our infrastruc­ture is not an electric one. Everything is based on the gas engine. What do we do with our existing cars and methods? It is easy to go from a horse to a gas engine car but not so easy to make a lateral or less than lateral switch.

    We need a pony express of electric trains powered by CLEAN energy to transport our goods, to replace America’s fleet of 18-wheeler­s, trash and recycling trucks. What is it going to take to switch to an electric infrastruc­ture. Does the price of oil need to triple or more? I remember when it was 4-5 per gallon people started to make changes. So is it a comfort thing?

    I think most people would ask . . .

    How can I get rid of my gas engine car today when I can barley afford the gas to put in it.”

  3. lolwut November 29, 2010 at 11:37 am

    It’s a swell idea in a world where the only limitations to solar cell production are the availability of silica, better known as common sand, and electricity.

    In reality, the advantages of co-locating the power generation, cell production, and raw material source are negligible. If PV-based electricity production ever becomes economically viable without subsidies, it hardly matters where you locate the plant.

  4. rabbit November 25, 2010 at 6:10 am

    I always struggle to understand why pple claim that hydrogen is not cost effictive or green due to the large amts of power required. Surely a hydrogen plant in a desert makes sense?

    Huge amt of solar power, close to ocean for water, and the traditional probklem of getting this power to urban centres is effectively overcome by the fact that the power is stored as hydrogen gas.

    If its economical to transport LNG accross the world, then surely the same methods can by used for hydrogen…

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