Europe's solar power 'could come from Sahara desert'

11 Aug 2010
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Europe's renewable energy needs could be met by utilising solar power from the Sahara desert.

German physicist Gerhard Knies has proposed using the large land mass in order to create the power Europe needs to meet its renewable energy targets by 2020.

The European Union has stated that each country within it must cut its carbon emissions by at least 20 per cent in the next ten years.

"I see a solution, so the problem is solved," commented the scientist, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"Of course, to implement it is something else."

Backers including Munich Re, Siemens AG, and Deutsche Bank have got behind Mr Knies' plan, although there is still a long way to go until solar power produced in the Sahara desert can be used to bring renewable energy into European homes.

The chief executive of Renewable Energy International Jeff Potter recently predicted that Europe's energy production will rocket, Renewable Energy World reports. 

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