Sahara solar power 'could be transported under Mediterranean'

13 Sep 2010
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Sahara solar power 'could be transported under Mediterranean'

Solar power could be produced in the Sahara Desert and transported to meet European energy needs via cables underneath the Mediterranean Sea.

This is the view of Carol Matlack from Bloomberg Businessweek, who pointed out that over the course of a year, twice as much sun reaches the Sahara than the whole of Europe.

"So why not build solar power plants across north Africa and ship the electricity north via power lines under the Mediterranean?" she asked.

Mr Matlack added that the Desertec Industrial Initiative has brought together around 30 European energy companies in the last twelve months to look into the possibility of creating the solar energy developments in the desert.

But she pointed out it needs to secure billions of pounds worth of investments and is not expecting to have a solar power plant operational for three years.

German physicist Gerhard Knies touted the idea of Europe using solar power produced in the Sahara Desert earlier this year in the Wall Street Journal. 

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