Gargantuan solar farm to power 20% of Europe by 2050, rest of the continent sometime thereafter.

  • June 23, 2010 7:09 am

Talk of massive solar farms powering anything larger than a small city has until now, been left to science fiction. From what we’ve seen so far, there just hasn’t been enough space to build a solar farm big enough to consume all the energy of a given city or town. But that could all change, thanks to a gargantuan 6,500sq. mile solar farm being built in the Sahara desert…

By the time the project reaches maturity in 2050, this farm will measure a paltry 0.3% of the Sahara Desert’s total size, yet harness enough solar energy to power up to 20% of Europe. Yeah, it’s not all of Europe as I implied above, but it’s a helluva lot more than any current solar powered network.

Though the limitation and energy cap could be surpassed. Going by the 0.3% = 20% of Europe math means a mere 1.5% of Sahara solar farm could power all of Europe! It’s even more mind boggling to think of such things in such a large scale.

Just think, by the time you’re great-grandparent age, you could be reading about entire continents (and at the very least, countries) being powered exclusively by solar power). Toss in other renewable forms of energy such as wind, water, and whatever else is invented by 2050 and you’ve got a much greener outlook. Pretty awesome stuff!

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