European Dream of Desert Energy Takes Shape

The solar towers at the Solúcar plant, which is owned by the Spanish Abengoa group, are the most futuristic system the solar industry can offer today. Scientists love this technology, because it is capable of converting so much solar heat into electricity.

Solúcar is a prototype of sorts for Desertec, the 21st century's energy production mega-project. The bold concept is designed to provide Europe with clean, renewable energy in the form of ... Full Story »

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Jon Mitchell
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by Jon Mitchell - Jun. 14, 2010

Excellent, in-depth piece using a detailed explanation of one ambitious project to demonstrate the potential of the industry at large. Amazing photos, too. This piece is much more thorough, but see the links for another story about a new solar thermal project, which also suggests that solar thermal may be more viable and affordable than widespread photovoltaic.

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Jun. 9, 2010

In-depth news report about the potential for solar thermal energy in the desert. This factual and well-researched article features a futuristic german project called Desertec, which proposes to generate electricity from european deserts -- and eventually the Sahara. This report cite several credible sources that claim that solar thermal could be much cheaper than photovoltaic cells over time. A very worthwhile read.

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Jun. 9, 2010

Solid special report about the idea of building solar in the Sahara to power Europe, and the real-world challenges it faces.

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Dale Penn
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by Dale Penn - Jun. 9, 2010

This story considers technological, economic and political implications of solar thermal projects in Europe. I personally knew nothing about this, so I found it very informative and interesting. The article makes me want to learn more. Great photo gallery!

Fascinating alternative energy story worth a look. Very hopeful at a time when fossil fuels have given us all reason to feel downhearted.

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Kristin Gorski
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by Kristin Gorski - Jun. 9, 2010

An in-depth read of some very positive alternative energy possibilities. Lots of technical aspects of these massive solar energy projects are clearly explained, as are the economic hurdles -- extremely high costs -- which currently keep these dream projects in the idea stage. Highly informative; this article definitely presents a complete picture of a growing alternative energy sector.

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Mike LaBonte
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by Mike LaBonte - Jun. 10, 2010

A great, well-written, exhaustive treatment with plenty of sources.

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Bill Hibbard
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by Bill Hibbard - Jun. 10, 2010

Quality who, how and why writing with awesome pictures, very light reporting the solutions in implementation of local, state, regional, national, and world empowerment to mature the project

Very good article…Thank you! I knew there was a reason I joined News Trust. I’m an amateur researcher working with hydrogen alternative technologies not a journalist…In my research I’ve discovered many simple solutions for alternative energies that almost any household can afford to implement if the products were approved and ready to market…Energy companies will obviously be in lobbied alignment with governments to protect their interest keeping at bay smaller ... More »

The facility, known as PS20, is the world’s largest solar power tower and generates enough electricity for 10,000 households. More »

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Alexander Rose
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by Alexander Rose - Jun. 9, 2010

This is a good long article about this project Still does really address the scaling issues though.

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Barry Grossheim
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by Barry Grossheim - Jun. 9, 2010

This gives a detailed explanation of both the promise and the challenge of solar power. The challenges are massive but you can't help feeling that they will be met and a realistic mix of renewable energy sources can replace fossil fuels as reliable energy sources.

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Norman Rogers
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by Norman Rogers - Jun. 10, 2010

The real story is totally missed. The real story is the psychology of the delusional thinking that makes anyone think that solar energy makes any sense. The comical idea is that the Europeans should invest in a highly uneconomic source of energy under the control of Islamic countries. It fits in with the delusion that the European countries are not broke.

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Ward Stewart
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by Ward Stewart - Jun. 9, 2010

It seems to ignore terrible geo/theo/political colorations and quarrels -- surely the sunshine falling on Islamic deserts cannot be shipped off to Europe and the ungodly enemies!

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