Your browser has javascript turned off or blocked. This will lead to some parts of our website to not work properly or at all. Turn on javascript for best performance.

The browser you are using is not supported by this website. All versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported, either by us or Microsoft (read more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-ie-support).

Please use a modern browser to fully experience our website, such as the newest versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.

“Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why”

Solar panels. Photo by Jukka Niittymaa, from Pixabay.

Zhengyao Lu, researcher at the department, has published a popular science article on The Conversation website. It's entitled “Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why”.

Zhengyao Lu, a researcher at the department, has published a popular science article in The Conversation on how plans to use solar panels in the Sahara can affect the climate. Among other things, Zhengyao states that:

"While the black surfaces of solar panels absorb most of the sunlight that reaches them, only a fraction (around 15%) of that incoming energy gets converted to electricity. The rest is returned to the environment as heat. The panels are usually much darker than the ground they cover, so a vast expanse of solar cells will absorb a lot of additional energy and emit it as heat, affecting the climate."

Read the article at theconversation.com