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In any case, to what extent is the higher solar radiation in N. Africa offset by higher transmission line costs and power losses compared to (say) Spain, Greece, Cyprus etc.?  The very high upfront capital costs and political risks would appear to mitigate against investment outside the EU at this point - especially post the Libyan intervention.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jun 24th, 2011 at 05:54:16 AM EST
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As I see it, we have three variables:
  • Inclination (the straighter the sun hits the athmosphere, the more penetrates - thus more radiation hitting your skin closer to the equator)
  • Clouds (more sunny days gives more output)
  • Transmission

I think the main factor would be that of placing it in a desert, that is a place with little or no clouds. The difference in inclination is not that great and HDVC is very good. Then again I do not know how much cloud you would have to put up with at the best sites in Greece, Spain and Portugal (abbreviation GSP?).

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Jun 25th, 2011 at 03:28:35 PM EST
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It depends heavily on Morocco, doesn't it? Via Algeria to the Mahgreb, via Spanish Sahara to the Trans-Sahel, over the Strait to Spain.

Given either Algeria or Libya, Tunisia to the Italian peninsula via Sicily is also straightforward.

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by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Jun 25th, 2011 at 03:29:03 PM EST
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