Search For Energy from Hostile Locations

It seems obvious that with supplies of fossil fuel ebbing away by the day, the need for clean, renewable energy in abundance, and our societies continued lust for energy, the world is looking for more locations from which energy can be extracted - this continued drive will lead to us looking for ever more extreme and hostile locations for our energy... here we look at the Good and the Bad... with the concern that if the bad gets their way, things could start to look ugly...

The Guardian reports on the plan to harness desert power in a big way, to reduce the carbon intensity of Europe's electricity supplies. An area slightly smaller than Wales - [where I live - click the link if you don't know where that is] could provide all of Europe's energy without a smidgen of carbon emissions (only from production of the kit!).The European Commission's Institute for Energy, claims that 0.3% of all the sun falling on the Sahara could meet all of Europe's energy needs - an idea embraced by Mssrs. Brown and Sarkozy enthusiastically.

A High Voltage D.C. Supergrid could then pipe high voltage power all around Europe (and even as far afield as Iceland) with the commensurately smaller losses from D.C. transmission than the higher losses with A.C.

However... we also mentioned bad news... remember...

Via: Financial Times

Not content with trashing Alaska, news just in from the Financial Times that US scientists are already eyeing up the crude reserves that the Arctic holds, and with the ice-sheets retreating due to climate change, the chances are that pretty soon they'll be able to get to the oil more easily than ever before. The USGS estimates that 13% of the world's oil reserves lie beneath the Arctic, with the figure for gas even greater at 30%. The potential for profit is only overshadowed by the potential for environmental damage. This is bad news.

Let's hope sincerely, that by the time they work out how to extract the oil from such a hostile location, the world will be running on renewables, and we'll only use the resource for making pharmaceuticals, plastics, and other applications where the carbon is nicely locked away.

The battle for the arctic begins - my pound is on a remake of Ice Station Zebra sometime soon...

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