CSP: Green Cucumbers from the Sahara
Cucumber may be a vegetable that thrives in hot weather, but growing in the Quatar Sahara?
The cucumber is a plant that is quite thirsty!
And, as you know, the Sahara desert is extreme dry.
Salt water for cooling
This project is a combination of CSP by salt water-cooled greenhouses, solar panels and desalination techniques to grow vegetables on other on-mineable country. The salt that is released is sold to third parties.
The key to the project is not located separately in each technique, but more in how they work together.
In this CSP plant, sea water is used for cooling. The vapor and thus humidity, ensures that the cucumbers require minimal water and still provide a good yield. The result is an abundance of fresh cucumbers which normally have to be imported.
There is an urgent need to produce food in our deserts using brackish water or seawater. It is a challenge to produce enough food, water and energy for a population which will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. Water-cooled CSP plants are one of the solutions to provide all that people in a way that matters.
The project creates re-vegetation and green jobs through profitable production of food, water, clean electricity and biomass in desert areas in Quatar and Jordan.
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At this week’s Solar Power International conference, a group of executives from Abengoa Solar, BrightSource Energy and SolarReserve spoke about where opportunities lie for their businesses.
While they still plan eventually to build projects in the U.S., the three companies are turning to countries where they say CSP with storage offers a higher value.
Kevin Smith, the CEO of SolarReserve: A lot of us are running around internationally, These are countries with less-developed grids where the value of storage is better realized.
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