Oil barons won't play ball? We'll take the sun!
We keep having these wars and still we're no closer to getting the Middle East to play nice and give us good price head. We've bribed and bombed and now the bloody stuff is running out.
Well, whilst everyone bites their nails and tries to make some trees die quicker so we can go hill milking for the black stuff, some smart cookies are looking elsewhere for our power. As such, Europe may be getting energy from solar power raped sourced from the Sahara.
A $400bn (£240bn) plan for such a thing moved a step closer to reality today with the formation of a consortium of 12 companies to carry out the work.
The Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII) aims to provide 15% of Europe's electricity by 2050 or earlier via power lines stretching across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The German-led consortium was brought together by Munich Re and consists of some of country's biggest engineering and power companies, including Siemens, E.ON, ABB and Deutsche Bank.
You'll agree that the last sentence may have been the most moving, powerful and riveting paragraphs in the history of the English language.
Here's the science. The solar technology involved is known as concentrated solar power (CSP). What happens here is, that mirrors are used to concentrate the sun's rays on a fluid container. The super-heated liquid then drives turbines and makes electrickery!
Desertec is being fawned at by many, including German coalition government of Angela Merkel. Everyone is very giddy because it means the dependency on oil and Russian gas supplies could diminish. Of course, North African governments are going to be up for it as well because it means loads of money.
So that's the future of our children sorted then... unless we end up going to war with Algeria and Chad or something.