North Africa's Solar Transmission Troubles
Among the critics of the kind of green energy grid solutions provided by projects like Desertec – and there are a few – one of the most common concerns is just how planners intend to deliver the apparent wealth of solar power from the deserts of North Africa to Europe. Allowing that project advocates can eventually build and connect a vast network of renewable farms from Tangiers to Cairo in an effective and reasonably effective way, how exactly do they plan to cross the Mediterranean without losing much of their product along the way? After all, we’re talking about covering hundreds of miles, much of which is deep under the sea. If its possible, can it be done with minimal loss or at a cost that does not make an already daunting project seem that much harder to complete?