The Makings Of A Solar Superpower?
01 Jul 2013

There are some basic truths that give the countries in the Middle East a powerful edge in the race to the top in the world of solar energy.

The most obvious is that arid climatic conditions mean there’s a great deal of sunlight throughout the year, with clear skies on average for 80 per cent of the year.

For decades, governments and businesses in other regions have been working to overcome the challenges associated with harnessing their weather systems to generate energy. The key obstacle is the intermittent nature of these natural resources.

To generate electricity from the sun, photovoltaic solar panels capture light energy, or photons. Various weather conditions can substantially impact the effectiveness of solar, for example when the air is humid or is of poor quality or when the skies are cloudy, making solar electricity generation intermittent.

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