One of the things that's keeping us away from fully going green is the fact that oil is still our major source of energy. If Japanese scientists have their way, this monopoly may not last for much longer. Their vision? To turn the Sahara desert into a gigantic solar power plant.
It's called the Sahara Solar Breeder project. While it's obvious that the idea is to build the largest array of solar panels in the sun-scorched desert, that's only part of the plan. It's called the Solar Breeder because the solar panels will be built using the silica from all that desert sand.
Ultimately, the scientists, led by Professor Koinuma, hope that this joint Japan-Algeria project will supply 50% of the world's power needs in 40-odd years.
[source: DigInfo News]