On the surface the question, this question looks like a no brainer. Can’t we solve the menace of global warming by just harvesting the sunlight where it shines brightest and longest?
View of the Sahara Desert from the ISS; huge land getting lots of strong sunlight
Well, that is precisely the question the, The Inquiry placed fourth before four experts as they discussed radical proposals to combat global warming.
One of these experts was Dr. Gerhard Knies, a co-founder of TREC; a network of experts working on sustainable energy that created the Desertec Initiative. This organization’s goal is to provide green energy to the European market by harnessing clean energy from sun-rish desert lands.
Dr. Knies told The Inquiry, “Fifteen minutes after I learned about the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, I made an assessment of how much energy comes from the Sun to Earth. It was about 15,000 times as much as humanity was using, so it was not a question of the source, it was a question of the technology.”
Dr. Knies is proposing more investment towards technology that harvests the solar energy. Arguing that …read more