Analysis: Deserts May Yield Europe’s Solar Power

Berlin, Germany [UPI] Deserts in the Middle East and North Africa can help meet Europe’s and the region’s growing electricity demand, according to two German research reports. Some may say that the deserts are areas that do not yield any benefits to humanity – but that is not quite true; the solar rays that burn all day onto the Sahara and the likes can be converted into energy – a lot of energy. Every year, the sun beams as much solar energy onto the area as the amount of oil needed to cover the desert with a sea 10 inches deep. “That’s a huge energy potential,” Franz Trieb, of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Center, and author of the two studies, told United Press International in a telephone interview Friday.

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