What would happen if we covered the entire Sahara Desert with solar panels?
It is not news that the world is heading for a horrendous energy crisis. Indeed, all the energy sources on which we rely are exhaustible and non-renewable. Increased industrialization and population growth have increased the burden of these already depleted resources. People are struggling to find alternative sources of energy that are not exhaustible. The main sources of this type of energy are wind and solar energy.
People everywhere are turning to solar or wind power. People who reside in arid regions where there is a lot of sun and exposure to sunlight prefer to switch to solar power to power their operations. They install solar panels that trap energy from the sun and transfer it to batteries. These batteries are electric and are then used to power the operations of a household or industry.
When it comes to installing solar panels, the ideal place to install these panels is, the deserts and, more specifically, the Sahara Desert, the largest desert in the world seems best suited for this purpose. It is always argued that the best places for these panels are deserts and that incorporating these solar panels in large quantities in deserts has the potential to generate loads of electricity that can help power household operations or d ‘other systems. The RealLifeLore YouTube channel has produced a video explaining the difficulties that such an installation could pose.
This massive installation project is not as easy and convenient as it sounds. Many complications can arise when installing such projects in large open spaces and lands like the Sahara. In addition, there will be a risk of overheating or overexposure to the sun for these plates. In areas like these, sandstorms and sometimes in-season torrential rains are on a giant scale and destructive. The plates would be installed at a very high cost and storms can damage infrastructure. Nevertheless, this remains an option that could one day be considered.