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Solar Power Update, Desertec and Concentrated Solar Power Systems

  We here in the Chicago area we have treated to a dramatic display of the power of the sun over the past few days. Two weeks ago we received about two feet of snow and last week at this time we were having high temps in the teens. Over the past few days we have gone above freezing and the sun has come out and the snow has been vanishing. As you observe this process you think how many of our problems would be solved if we could harness this power.

 Of course everyone with half a brain knows that we do have the technology to harness this power and in many parts of the world people are working to do just that. We have made other posts about new developments in solar technology. They can be found in our 1Future category. Here we present another update.

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First we have a link to an excellent video from The UK Guardian web site. It gives us an excellent look at current developments in solar power and the challenges this growing industry faces.
To watch the video click here.

And we would then like to take a closer look at Desertec, one of the groups featured in the video.

  The Desertec Foundation Concept

 Mankind is confronted with a twofold challenge: The global energy demand has to be met, while at the same time preventing climate change, before it becomes uncontrollable. The basic concept of DESERTEC is to solve these problems economically and in time by harnessing renewable energies where they are most abundant and transmitting the energy through an integrated grid.

The DESERTEC Concept relies on the utilization of the most abundant of all energy sources on earth: Within 6 hours deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes within a year. An area of around the size of a living room, covered by mirrors for concentrating solar thermal power plants, would suffice to cover the electricity need of one person day and night – carbon free.

 The key technologies are available, proven and field-tested

 To find out more about The Desertec Foundation click here.

And a link to a YouTube video about some of their projects.

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  1. February 16, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I think this is a good point, by installing solar panels or other solar powered household items like water heaters, you are helping the economy and mother earth.

    http://www.grasshoppersolar.com

  2. February 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    i love it

  1. October 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm
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