The Sahara Desert in Northern Africa isthe world’s largest hot desert and due to its harsh climate, has thelowest population density on the planet.
As there have been further advancements in the solar power sector, the logic seems simple…
Vast, open space with direct sunlight — why not build solar power plants in the desert?
At the second annual Japan-Arab Economic Forum in December, the governments of Japan and Tunisia officially sealed a deal to work together on a project of this nature.
The two countries have been talking since January 2010 about collaboration on a five megawatt pilot solar project in the Sahara. And with this new agreement, they can get the ballrolling on its creation.
Over the past year, you may have heard news of another solar project between Japan and Tunisia’s neighbor, Algeria.
The Sahara Solar Breeder Project is a joint initiative by universities in Japan and Algeria that aims to build enough solar power stations by 2050 to supply 50 percent of theworld’s energy.
Because the Sahara’s sand contains thehigh-quality silicon needed to build solar panels, the project begins by developing the solar panels themselves from desert materials.
Silicon manufacturing plants will beerected in the Sahara; once the panels are operating, a portion of theenergy generated will be used to build additional silicon plants.
You can check out more about the Sahara Solar Breeder Project here:
Hideomi Koinuma at the University of Tokyo leads the Japanese end of the project.
According to Koinuma, creating silicon panels from desert sand has not been attempted before, but it is a logical choice…
"From the viewpoints of quality, quantity and chemistry, Sahara sand is hard to beat for use as silicon for solar cells."
Another goal of the Breeder Project is to send the energy produced around the world using a superconducting electrical grid.
While this aspect of the project has itscritics, the goals and vision of solving the world’s energy problem,improving science, technology, and living standards in Africa arecommendable.
Until Next Time,
Japan and Tunisia Strike Agreement on Solar Power Collaboration originally appeared in Green Chip Stocks. Green Chip Review is a free 2x-per-week newsletter, is the firstadvisory to focus exclusively on investments in alternative andrenewable energies.