Solar power 'may suit developing countries'

01 Sep 2010
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Solar power 'may suit developing countries'

Developing countries may be able to utilise solar power in order to meet their renewable energy needs, it has been suggested.

According to Colin Stuart of SciDev.net, who was writing for the Guardian, the proposal has been mooted by John Finney, chair of the British Pugwash Group.

Nuclear energy is thought by many to be the future of European energy, but Mr Finney suggested that some nations may benefit more from developing solar power facilities.

Mr Stuart pointed out that researchers have come up with plans for nuclear power plants that are said to be able to help battle depleting stocks of fossil fuels as well as fighting climate change.

Senior lecturer in technology policy at the University of Cambridge William Nuttall and Robin Grimes, materials researchers at Imperial College London, said nuclear energy could be an option for developing countries after 2030.

Earlier this year, German physicist Gerhard Knies told the Wall Street Journal that European energy needs could be met by solar power production in the Sahara Desert. 

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