Breaking the Wall of the Fossil Age
How Desertec Can Overcome Energy Resource Limitations and Global WarmingStreaming Video - 2012
Finding new sources of energy is a key challenge of our era, yet deserts have largely been overlooked. Considering the abundance of energy and lack of inhabitation, building solar thermal power plants in this vast space could generate electricity, which would then be transmitted to countries in Europe and Africa through high-voltage direct current transmission. Due to the high solar radiation in the Sahara, such plants could deliver 15 percent of electricity needs in Europe alone. This 2009 Falling Walls lecture video explores how one physicist works to make this revolutionary idea for carbon-free power generation a reality. Gerhard Knies initiated the Desertec Industrial Initiative, which aims to find sustainable power supply for all regions of the world with access to deserts. Desertec is supported by a consortium of companies that strive together to make use of one of the biggest natural sources of energy: desert sun.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c2009
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (16 min.) : sd., col