Miracle or mirage? The promise and peril of desert energy part 2

Cooper, Christopher and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2013) Miracle or mirage? The promise and peril of desert energy part 2. Renewable Energy, 50. pp. 820-825. ISSN 0960-1481

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Consisting of two parts, this article explores the history and challenges facing the Gobitec project, an ambitious proposal to build a multibillion dollar solar power system in the Gobi desert to export electricity throughout Northeast Asia. The first part of our study detailed the primary methods of data collection involved—research interviews, site visits, and a literature review—as well as the history of the Gobitec concept and its close relation to the Desertec concept in North Africa and Europe. Part 1 also discussed the “promise” of very large solar systems in deserts, namely improved security of supply and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. However, this part of our study finds that such projects also face a list of serious – and perhaps insurmountable – technical, economic, political, and social barriers. It concludes by drawing implications for large-scale energy projects and energy policymaking more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 14:01
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 16:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58352
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