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Sahara’s Sun Power Getting Tapped for European Use

The EU is planning a new supergrid initiative that would harness the massive amount of wow it's great levitrabest levitra sun pounding down on the Sahara dessert. The $71 billion plan would take a mere couple of decades to complete, but would supply a significant amount (some report ALL) of the EU’s energy needs. UK’s PM Gordon Brown already supports the idea, which is no surprise considering the new green face he is putting forward, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy is onboard as well.

The project would have a number of farms each generating between 50 and 200 MW through PV or solar thermal concentration, which would travel the thousands of miles back to the EU through high voltage DC transmission lines. All the countries of the EU would share the solar power, along with wind and viagra no rx geothermal power supplied by other EU countries – or if the project does indeed supply all the electricity needed via solar, the wind and geothermal power would be exported. Solar farms in the Sahara would generate up to three times as much electricity as similar sized farms in Europe, says Arnulf Jaeger-Walden of the European Commission Institute for Energy – which is supposed to explain the smack this project has of shanghai-ing another continent’s land space.

While it seems to be getting some political backing already, I have a hard time imagining it moving forward very quickly, if at all, even though the Sahara does seem like an ideal spot for solar power generation. Considering the advances made in solar thermal concentration, and what little would be needed of cialis online doctor the vastness of the Sahara, it is viagra super active canada no prescription an idea to float.

Via Treehugger, The Guardian, Commondreams; Photo via mtsrs

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written by Proud Human Supremacist, July 25, 2008
This sounds like an awesome idea. It may take a while to get going. The only thing I see wrong with it is there's not mention of the power being shared with Africa. That much electricity could do a lot to cheaply and cleanly help people there get a better quality of life. If it's shared with Africa, not to mention the help by boosting local economies then this is great. I just don't want this kind of power to be treated more like traditional power. One of the reasons OPEC doesn't like us is because for the longest time, the West had total control over just about all the oil and wealth in their countries. They still have some hard feelings about that.
written by Andrew Leinonen, July 25, 2008
While I'm not sure the power is being shared with Africa, from what I recall, one of the most significant benefits for Saharan dwellers is that it will act as a power generation/desalination plant, with the levitra to buy steam used in the CPV system will be used to produce distilled fresh water.

Though distilled water isn't good to we like it canadian pharmacy online drink, it should be easy enough to reintroduce some of order tramadol without perscrition the mineral salts in lower concentrations to make it useful for human consumption.
err, distilled water is not "useful for
written by brian, July 25, 2008
The argument that distilled water is not "useful for human consumption" is pretty bogus. It doesn't taste good, but, uh, it's water. Essential for life and stuff.

If the water you drink is the only source of minerals in your diet, you have much bigger problems ....
not useful for human consumption??
written by brian, July 25, 2008
uhh, how is distilled water "not useful for human consumption"? It may not taste very good, but it is water. Essential for life and stuff.

If your water is your only dietary source of minerals, you have much bigger problems already....
written by Justin, July 25, 2008
This might be a great way to generate clean power, but it has massive problems geo-politically. How much say do Africans have in this project? How do they benefit? Who controls the plants? What if the African host nations decide they want to use the power for themselves or want to cut the lines to Europe? It all has a bit of neo-colonial stench to it. How is it any different than pulling diamonds or oil or any other resource out of Africa that has caused so much turmoil and bloodshed?
written by dialtone, July 25, 2008
this is a great idea - the U.S. needs to look here cialis alternative do the same in the desert southwest -
as for Africa- I am sure the countries where this will be built will get a share of the power - they should definitely desalinate sea water & make the desert bloom - win - win all around
Colonial Electricity Inc.
written by mike, July 25, 2008
The African nations where the cialis canada grid could be built should be giving the EU a cut of their power, not the other way around. It's absurd.

European Union and solar power for 21st century colonialism!!
Africa for Africans.
written by The Food Monster, July 26, 2008
How does the EU claim to have the right to the Sahara? There is all kinds of fishy going on generic viagra in canada here. African nations better be getting at least 50% of the power, provided they are able to pony up some of the dough to build it.
Deja Vu
written by Hellibore, July 26, 2008
Oh dear, doesn't the West ever learn from its mistakes?

What happens if the rag heads turn off the sunlight there and then hold the EU to ransom?
written by Piers, July 26, 2008
Does anybody else worry about the cialis cialis idea of high voltage DC power lines over long distances? Couldn't this create magnetic fields sort of no prscription cialis like artificial ley lines? Please tell me if this is rubbish !
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written by Paul Barthle, July 27, 2008
I wonder if these solar plants could be built around the desert as a replacement for trees in terms of a canopy effect? By reducing insolation at the soil level, perhaps a shade and drought tolerant understory could be grown to stop the desert from spreading. Partner with farmers that use best management practices for rotational grazing and we could see a local benefit as well as one for the EU.
written by Andrew, July 28, 2008
Africans have the resource. Europeans have the capital to tramadol cod 180 prescription develop it. The world just clicks on the same way it always has done.

Colonialism is baloney. This is much less intrusive than US interference in the middle east for oil.

Africans, get jobs and access to affordable renewables. As they develop more, they can capitalise their own plants and export the power.

There are several Saharan African countries. If the farms are properly distributed no one country will hold the EU ransom. Besides the buy generic viagra EU have big tanks and aeroplanes. (Just like the US)
written by Matt, July 29, 2008
The project would have a number of farms each generating between 50 and 200 MW through PV or solar thermal concentration, which would travel the thousands of miles back to the EU through high voltage DC transmission lines.
written by R V G menon, August 05, 2008
It is strange that people who accept as normal, the evacuation of non-renewable oil and gas from the middle east, considers the evacuation of solar generated electricity, which is renewable, as colonial exploitation.
Sure, the Africans must be paid a royalty or a share of the electricity, or both, as part of the best choice purchase cialis in canada this venture.
It is also pertinent to point out that there is already a project to develop such solar farms in Nevada, which can free the US from the dfependaence on imported oil.
Yes, the future of the world lies in solar energy and how to find reputable canadian cialis not in nuclear.

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