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About this book
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. This new "Energy from the Desert" volume examines and evaluates the potential of very large scale photovoltaic power generation (VLS-PV) systems. Following from the success of the first book on the subject, the authors present practical 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. As the essential companion to the previous International Energy Agency (IEA) volume it reiterates and develops key concepts introduced by the original study and provides firm practical recommendations to achieve long-term targets for policy makers and investors.
Comprehensive Summary ? Executive Summary ? Part I: Background and Concept of VLS-PV ? World Energy Issues ? Environmental Issues ? An Overview of Photovoltaic Technology ? World Irradiation Database ? Concept of VLS-PV ? Part II: VLS-PV Case Studies ? General Information ? A Preliminary Case Study of VLS-PV Systems in World Deserts ? Case Studies on the Gobi Desert ? Case Studies on the Sahara Desert ? Case Studies for the Middle East ? Part III: Scenario Studies and Recommendations ? Conclusions of Parts I and II ? Scenario Studies ? Recommendations
Kosuke Kurokawa has over 30 years' experience in energy systems technology. The contributing authors include a panel of 14 acknowledged international experts from 8 countries (Japan, USA, Israel, Spain, Italy, Korea, The Netherlands and Mongolia).
224 pages, Figures, tables, maps, photographs
'Never has very large scale photovoltaics received such an exhaustive analysis' Photon International, from review of the first volume