Fossil Fuels –methane, petroleum and coal- are non-renewable resources because they take millions of years to form and reserves are being depleted much faster than new ones are being formed, and concern about fossil fuel supplies is one of the causes of regional and global conflicts. According to the experts, Oil –main source of energy in our world- will be depleted sooner than many realize.Oil production will reach a Peak and then according to international market experts, barrel price will be at its summit, and later on, the production will go down and the market needs will rise up, the demand will outstrip supply. Based on these predictions, some conclude that, world oil production will reach its peak between 2012 and 2017. So the world will be facing two major crisis, the Global Warming and its consequences,and Shortage of Oil – being the main driver of our current civilization. The world already is looking for Renewable Energy, and the US is taking the lead. Solar Energy is considered number one source and Nevada Solar One plant is an example of this source of energy, or what is called CSP – Concentrated Solar Power. I’ve been surfing the internet looking for technical details related to solar mirrors or reflectors of solar thermal collectors, when I discovered the site of TREC , or Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation. TREC is founded by the Club of Rome, the Hamburg Climate Protection Foundation and the National Energy Research Center of Jordan (NERC). It has developed the DESERTEC Concept and promoting the idea in cooperation with people in politics, industry and finance.
Quote: ” The DESERTEC Concept of TREC is to boost the generation of electricity and desalinated water by solar thermal power plants and wind turbines in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and to transmit the clean electrical power via High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission lines throughout those areas and as from 2020 (with overall just 10-15% transmission losses) to Europe.The technologies that are needed to realise the DESERTEC concept are already developed and some of them have been in use for decades. Several studies by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) confirm the viability of this concept and the usefulness of realising it very soon.” Unquote.
So, we still shall have a place under the sun, thanks to the Sun. An article, “How mirrors can light up the World”, written by Ashley Seager and published in The Guardian on 27th November, 2006, explains more about CSP … here..