Energy from the desert: Very Large scale photovoltaic systems: Socio-economic, financial, technical and environmental aspects

Keiichi Komoto, Masakazu Ito, Peter Van der Vleuten, David Faiman, Kosuke Kurokawa

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages190
ISBN (Print)9781849770064
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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