Wind-powered European super-grid mooted
Scientists claim that plans for a European super-grid, powered by European renewable energy, could cut the continent's carbon emissions by a quarter.
The grid would provide power for 1.1 billion people in 50 countries, stretching from Siberia to Morocco and Egypt to Iceland, reports the Independent. It would cost around £40 billion to develop the grid, with the price of new turbines to be added on top of that.
The proposed development would stretch for 5,000 miles.
"We have the technical abilities to build such a super-grid within three to five years," Dr Gregor Czisch, an energy systems expert at the University of Kassel in Germany, is quoted by the newspaper as saying.
"We just need to commit to this big long-term strategy," he added.
The majority of the energy for the new grid would be provided for by wind turbines.
Article Date: 28 November 2007
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