Sahara solar energy 'too complex to use in Europe'

25 Aug 2010
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Sahara solar energy 'too complex to use in Europe'

It is not possible for European energy needs to be met by solar power produced in the Sahara Desert, according to the Renewable Energy Centre.

German physicist Gerhard Knies has stated that the large land mass can be used in order to create solar power to power households across Europe.

But a spokeswoman for the Renewable Energy Centre described the scientist's plan as a "substantial generalisation".

Mr Knies had told the Wall Street Journal that he did not know how the proposal would work in practice.

"The logistics with regard to deciding how the system would work, what countries it would generate power for and the order in which each country benefited would be incredibly complex and fraught," commented the spokeswoman.

She added that the cost of putting the infrastructure in place to create the renewable energy could be prohibitive.

Writing for the Guardian, Dustin Benton, senior policy officer at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, recently stated that solar power is a sensible solution to meet European energy needs. 

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