Tuesday, December 08, 2009

What Does It Take to Power the World?


Have you ever wondered how much land would have to be given over to solar panels in order to supply the entire world with carbon-emission-free energy? Using data from the US Department of Energy, the folks at the Land Art Generator Initiative have computed the answer — and it’s much less than you might imagine.

In addition to a map showing projected distribution of solar technology, there is also an alternative map based on offshore wind power.

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