The Problem with Solar Energy in Africa


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The Problem with Solar Energy in Africa



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[5] https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/02/20/spains-third-interconnection-with-morocco-could-be-europes-chance-for-african-pv-or-a-boost-for-coal/
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  1. What about using the solar energy in order to convert water to hydrogen and transport it via pipelines? Would it be cheaper or more efficient?

  2. It's amazing how the colonialiste mentality is deeply implemented in these people's minds, they only think of africa as a solution for the west problems and needs. What about Africa serving Africa? Crazy idea, right?

  3. Bullshit. Many African nations are in turmoil because we rob resources without supporting african societies.
    Help Africa to generate its own power

  4. Starting early is the best way of getting ahead to build wealth, investing remains a priority. The stock market has plenty of opportunities to earn a decent payouts, with the right skills and proper understanding of how the market works.

  5. Your neo-colonialism slant seems forced. Europe needs electricity and Morocco needs money and jobs. Europe sacrifices independence and Morocco sacrifices water. This is literally how most if not all international trade happens in the modern world. Taiwan uses vast quantities of limited water in semiconductor manufacturing. Are they being exploited because of it?

  6. I did some math back in my uni days (so like a year ago) if you covered the total area of the earth in thermodynamically maximal solar panels you would just meet & exceed the global energy output. The entire premise of the “simple math” is factually incorrect. This also includes wind energy sources (I studied geophysics and earth science)

  7. ok, so dollars here, dollars there *Idiotic human invention*… MY QUESTION however is resources… With resources alone, how feasible would this be?

  8. Might be strange question, but from my understanding…water solar farms are a bit more efficient, and water desalination dumps brine back into the ocean, why not dispose of brine on top of the dessert and put a solar farm on top of it

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