Surface Area Needed to Power World with Solar

December 21, 2013

In reality, it’s not that much land mass. These are based on solar panels with 20% efficiency, and new technologies seem to be on the verge of 70% to 80% efficiency, so the foot print could grow even smaller. However, I’m not sure we have enough rare materials needed to make that many solar panels, […]

Surface Area Required to Power the World

Surface Area Required to Power the World

July 27, 2012

This map shows the surface area needed to power the world if we used solar power. Its part of the Land Art Generator Initiative, which brings together artists, architects and engineers to create land art instillations that generate clean energy. The figures are based on 2008 global power usage. I can’t believe how little space […]