The world's deserts are sufficiently large that, in theory, covering a fraction of their landmass with PV systems could generate many times the current primary global energy supply.
The third book in the Energy from the Desert series examines the socio-economic, environmental and financial issues surrounding the use of Very Large Scale Photovoltaics (VLS-PV). It provides detailed coverage of technology and financing options (including recent and future trends in PV technology), potential social benefits such as desalination and agricultural development, and environmental and ecological impacts of systems and how these can be monitored, illustrated by case studies from the Sahara and Gobi Deserts. The concluding section consists of a roadmap outlining the options and opportunities for future implementation of VLS-PV. Building on the key concepts and case studies of previous volumes, this will be a key text for policy-makers and investors in the field.
'Never has very large scale photovoltaics received such an exhaustive analysis.' Photon International, from review of the first volume 'If you are interested in this topic- and it's a fascinating one- read this book.' Joy Claridge, Engergy News: Official Jounral of the Australian Institute of Energy, 2010. 'Building on the key concepts and case studies of previous volumes, this will be a key text for policy makers and investors in the field.' Management of Environmental Quality Journal. 'Energy from the Desert has the potential to generate a much-needed change in the direction of development and in the fortunes of a country or company or even an individual…' Renewable Energy and Climate Change
1. Introduction 2. World Energy and Environmental Issues 3. PV and Other Renewable Energy Options 4. Socio-Economic Considerations 5. Financial Aspects 6. Recent and Future Trends in PV Technology 7. MW-Scale PV System Installation Technologies Nowadays 8. Future Technical Development for VLS-PV Systems 9. Environmental and Ecological Impacts of VLS-PV 10. Global Potential Analysis 11. Case Study on the Sahara Desert 12. Case Study on the Gobi Desert 13. VLS-PV Roadmap 14. Conclusions and Recommendations