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Why don’t we cover the desert with solar panels? - Dan Kwartler

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Stretching over roughly nine million square kilometers and with sands reaching temperatures of up to 80° Celsius, the Sahara Desert receives about 22 million terawatt hours of energy from the Sun every year. That’s well over 100 times more energy than humanity consumes annually. So, could covering the desert with solar panels solve our energy problems? Dan Kwartler digs into the possibility.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Dan Kwartler
  • Director Christoph Sarow, AIM Creative Studios
  • Narrator Jack Cutmore-Scott
  • Storyboard Artist Christoph Sarow
  • Animator Joana Matos, Rudá Virginio, Lena Fraundienst, Christoph Sarow, Cristina Neto
  • Music André Aires
  • Sound Designer André Aires
  • Special Thanks Erik Pihl
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Fact-Checker Jennifer Nam, Charles Wallace

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