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 Energy from the Desert two-volume set details the background and concept of Very Large Scale Photovoltaics (VLS-PC) and examines and evaluates their potential as viable power generation systems. The authors present case studies of both virtual and real projects based on selected regions (including the Mediterranean, Sahara, Chinese Gobi, Mongolian Gobi, Indian Thar, Australian Desert and the US) and their specific socio-economic dynamics, and argue that VLS-PV systems in desert areas will be readily achievable in the near future.
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Energy from the Desert: Feasibility of Very Large Scale Photovoltaic Power Generation Systems Background and Concept of VLS-PV ? World Energy Issues ? Environmental Issues ? An Overview of Photovoltaic Technology ? World Irradiation Database ? Concept of VLS-PV ? VLS-PV Case Studies ? General Information ? A Preliminary Case Study of VLS-PV Systems in World Deserts ? Gobi Desert ? Sahara Desert ? Middle East ? Scenario Studies and Recommendations Energy from the Desert: Practical Proposals for Very Large Scale Photovoltaic Systems Introduction ? The Mediterranean Region ? The Middle East Region ? The Asian Region ? The Oceania Region ? Desert Region Community Development ? Conclusions and Recommendations ? Bibliography, Index