Sahara sand 'can be used to make solar power cells'

01 Dec 2010
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Sahara sand 'can be used to make solar power cells'

Sahara Desert sand could provide a boost to renewable energy developments all over Europe after it was revealed that it can be used to manufacture solar power cells.

According to Hideomi Koinuma from the University of Tokyo, who is leading the Japanese side of a project working with Algerian experts, it is a logical choice to attempt to use sand from the vast land mass to create the units.

Speaking to New Scientist, he said: "From the viewpoints of quality, quantity and chemistry, Sahara sand is hard to beat for use as silicon for solar cells."

But he admitted that nobody has yet tried to use sand from the Sahara Desert to create solar energy cells, so the plan may not work.

Dublin-based renewable energy firm International Energy Investments Group recently revealed that it is to spend 15 million euros (£12.9 million) on two new solar power plants, which are to be located in France. 

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