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Plan to export African solar power to Europe

December 26, 2007
Posted in Renewable energy

Renewable energy sites in North AfricaThe European Union is considering spending £5-billion (R70-billion) on a solar power scheme that could provide up to a sixth of Europe’s electricity needs.

The electricity would be generated by hundreds of concentrating solar power (CSP) plants situated in desert regions of North Africa and the Middle East and then transmitted by undersea cable to Europe, The Observer reports.

The project envisages that up to 100-billion watts could be generated by the desert stations. Two-thirds would be kept for local needs and the rest exported to Europe. The CSP plants will also act as desalination plants to provide fresh water for the host countries.

CSP technology is being assessed by Eskom for a large-scale, grid-connected solar project in South Africa.
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