Thursday, July 24, 2008

Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?

A huge solar power supergrid in the Saharan desert could provide all Europe's electricity. Fantastic!

OK, now let's brainstorm: Windmills, great big windmills in the Himalayans. A giant hydro electric dam on the Nile. Or we could simply chop down the Amazon rain forest and use it for firewood! In fact, we'll try anything, as long as it doesn't involve actually using less energy. 

This has been a message from CleanEnergy™ - you love it, you slut. 


Blogger mrtn said...

We do love CleanEnergy™ (it's so clean). But seriously, the solar supergrid in the Sahara is an alternative which could mean a lot while we scale down our c-r-a-z-y energy use. Remember that in the next twenty years, by some calculations, we are going to have to cut 90 % of carbon emissions. Everybody but George Monbiot agrees that this is impossible. Well, actually, Monbiot thinks it's technically but not politically possible, which I think is true. So much as I hate to admit it, there will almost certainly be a scaling-down period. Personally, I would rather have them find Cold Fusion lying around somewhere in the Large Hadron Collider, but I doubt it.

But right now, my money is on off-shore wind. 25 m rotor blades and nobody's view spoiled: You love it, you sluts.

7:38 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

I probably agree with you. All I'm saying is, if you want to build a solar power supergrid the size of Wales, you should build it in Wales.

You don't hear Africans going: Let's build a windmill park the size of Nigeria, but hey, let's build it in the Southern French wine district.

7:58 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Wouldn't it be cool if they DID say that, though? "Hey, let's just clog up this ginormous part of the Gulf of whatever it's called south of Bretagne with windmills, to meet our growing power needs here in Africa."

Reading you too literally: The trouble with paving over Wales with solar power supergrids is that the weather is unstable there. The Sahara has predictable sunlight. I guess you could use some parts of Spain and Italy and maybe inland France 6 months of the year. But Wales, I doubt. Although you'd piss off the Welsh, which is always fun (I pissed off some Welsh people last weekend, for instance).

9:35 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

The "gulf south of Bretagne" is called the Biscayne (maybe etym. con. to Basque: Viscaya? Must investigate further). Known for its surprisingly bad sailing conditions.

8:29 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

"It is generally accepted that Bizkaia, the original Basque term, means something like 'mountain' or 'cliff'. It is a correlate of bizkar, meaning: 1. back, shoulders, 2. cliff, 3. roof structure, 4. leaning on (bizkarretik)."

9:53 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

The Bay of Biscay, rather, not the Biscayne, which is off the coast of Florida(?)

9:55 am  
Blogger mrtn said...

That's just north of the Gulf of Biscuit, yeah?

10:54 pm  

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