WED JUN 25, 2014
The three squares on the map, below, represent how much solar panel acreage would be needed to power Germany (marked “D”), Europe (marked “EU”), and the entire planet (marked “Welt”):
Not that big, right? Just a small chunk of the Sahara Desert in Algeria.
This, according to a graduate thesis from the Technical University of Braunschweig, by Nadine May:
…an area of 254 km x 254 km would be enough to meet the total electricity demand of the world. The amount of electricity needed by the EU-25 states could be produced on an area of 110 km x 110 km. For Germany with a demand of 500 TWh/y an area of 45 km x 45 km is required, which concerns 0.03 % of all suited areas in North…
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