The Problem with Solar Energy in Africa

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rage4dorder
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150 million * 592 is a bit more than 8.9 billion $
Mark Jones
Mark Jones Рік тому
I’m in Australia and there’s a big factor that you’ve missed. Ironically, panels don’t work as well in extreme heat. Sun light = good, extreme heat = bad.
rippenburn
rippenburn
I was involved with solar in the UAE and sand was a major problem because the panels become ever so slightly damp with condensation in the morning and coated with a fine layer that had to be washed off. I seem to remember the efficiency dropped by up to 80%. It's the same problem with cars left out overnight. We were even looking at automated rinsing systems. It was a decade ago and I don't know if they solved the problem.
Huger Lee Sooper
Huger Lee Sooper
So... people are smart enough to build a solar panel but not smart enough to eliminate dust? It's a dirty energy game and I am very glad more and more people are seeing it.
Dom Baker
Dom Baker
We have recently learned how an autocrat thinks he can start a war and get away with it because his country are a key supplier of global energy. We would need significant storage and back-up plans to ensure similar autocrats could never contemplate doing such a thing.
chris soto
chris soto
I remember watching a video on a brand new hydrogen paste that might be useful. I could see those massive solar facilities relevant directly powering countries instead being used to produce fuels as a method of storage that would be more efficient than batteries.
VigilanteSystems
VigilanteSystems
I had 5 years ago some Business with a startet from germany.. they convert shipping Containers into solar farms.. you just put them where is space, you unfold the system and connect the village or whatever usage you have.. they cost around 150 000 Euro per piece only.. but its a local solution..
HAL DoNotDisplay
HAL DoNotDisplay Рік тому
I really haven't seen another critical issue addressed: after the first sandstorm, solar production of sandblasted glass drops precipitously. How can panels survive the constant wind-borne abrasion?
Mark Terpstra
Mark Terpstra
For the distribution of elctricity, can the power be microwaved up to satalites and from there down to recieving stations around the globe?
Master Malrubius
Master Malrubius
I think we learned that relying on energy from people who view us unfavorably did not work out the first time. And the distribution of the energy was much easier.
Dave Cai
Dave Cai
Great video, and very informative. It is sad to see North African countries can't benefit from the abundant solar energy just yet due to huge risks for such a big project. Hopefully, their political stability would increase to a degree so that harnessing solar power and selling the electric to Europe becomes a viable business -- not only for people there but for the environment as well.
Lumberjack Dreamer
Lumberjack Dreamer
Solar’s main advantage is that it’s super easy to connect locally.
VigilanteSystems
VigilanteSystems
Yeah using solar in germany makes sense.. we have like every day, sunny day .. lol ..
John Caskey
John Caskey Рік тому
Beyond the technical and scientific issues, there's also the problem of energy dependence. Giving another country control over your power is insane.
HoroRH
HoroRH
We should be careful about the operating cost of PV. I worked in the KSA for a year and although skies are clear, there's a lot of dust in the air and there's an issue with water needed to keep the panels clean so they can maintain their efficiency
Sight Beyond Sight
Sight Beyond Sight
Good stuff. I have been debating on going solar on my roof, but expanding the panels to handle 3x what I need. If the power companies were pushed to pay wholesale on more than I use, this would be viable. Unfortunately, local laws have it where the credits will be wiped out after a year.
Nicholias Parham
Nicholias Parham
The engineering feat of mankind is undoubtedly a spectacle that will surely leave its footprint on existence.
JoMac
JoMac
The Australia-Asia Power Link is still a go as far as I know. Power to be supplied to Singapore and later Indonesia via the world's largest solar plant, the world's largest battery, and the world's longest submarine power cable. 20 gigawatts to be delivered for a cost of AU$30 billion by 2027.
Bob Henderson
Bob Henderson
So we know how and why it failed. So how can it be made to work? Is anyone trying to answer that question?
Pavel Sedach
Pavel Sedach Рік тому
We recently did a short school project on Nigeria and ~40% of their population is off their grid/doesn't get reliable electricity. Using local solar they can support their people without heavily investing in grid infrastructure. Solar is a win internally in Africa.
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