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Compiled by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
November 27, 2010

An African ministry of foreign affairs is working with a Japanese ministry of education project headed by Prof. Hideomi Koinuma to explore the idea of using desert sands to create the silica for solar ("Apollo") panels that would fuel the fabrication of additional plants; and the power would be transmitted by Superconductors ("Super"). The excess produced could run desalinization plants to provide water for greening the desert.

The total research expenditure will be 100 million yen (US$1.1 million) annually for five years, but that won't be enough to complete the R&D portion of the project. The objectives of the research phase will be to demonstrate the possibility of manufacturing high-purity silicon from desert sand and constructing a high-temperature superconducting, long-distance, DC power supply system.

"While we develop technology for using desert sand to make just one ton of silicon per year, or actually build just one power plant in the desert, all sorts of problems, such as sandstorms, will arise. And we will obtain basic data for solving those problems. Regarding superconductors, to connect the power supply from the desert to the world, the cables must be cooled with liquid nitrogen in a tropical climate. So for the time being, the goal of this research will be to obtain data on issues such as how deep the superconducting pipeline must be buried to minimize temperature fluctuations."


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The Sahara Solar Breeder Project : DigInfo News

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The University of Tokyo, Hirosaki University, NIMS, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Chubu University, National Institute of Informatics Sahara Solar Breeder Project

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