All you need is a 100 by 100 mile patch in a deserted corner of arizona texas or utah or anywhere to more than power the entire.
100x100 mile area of mirors solar panel.
However the lenses and mirrors could be covered by sand storms while the turbine and steam heating systems remain complex technologies.
That estimate puts 100x100 miles for the usa in the plausible ballpark.
Photovoltaic solar panels instead convert the sun s energy to electricity directly using semiconductors.
They focus mirrors onto a steam driven tower and use technology we already produce.
Even without solar you are getting 7 5 miles kwh incredible.
If i want to supply electricity to very remote areas the off grid approach is the best where somebody has his own solar panel or a group of villagers can share one and they control the production.
Desertec is basically the same idea solar plants located in north africa supplying power to europe.
These arrays are connected into the existing electrical grid so that the generated energy can be directed properly.
Solar panels are made up of hundreds or thousands of these cells and multiple solar panels make up a solar array.
If you live in a sunny area and don t drive a lot you could replenish your car on the solar panels 20 miles day alone.
The article includes a map showing the area required to power germany europe and the whole world respectively as estimated by the german aerospace center dlr.
Dividing the global yearly demand by 400 kw h per square meter 198 721 800 000 000 400 and we arrive at 496 804 500 000 square meters or 496 805 square kilometers 191 817 square miles as the area required to power the world with solar panels.
Solar power is a gigawatt per square km musk posted.
Nrel s previous estimates and calculations of solar energy s land use requirements published several years ago suggested that it could meet the u s total electric demand circa 2005 levels with a footprint of about 0 6 percent of the nation s total land area or somewhere around 14 15 million acres.
Solar power stefano boeri architetti an architect based in milan has designed the city which could host 130 000 inhabitants as well as 7 5 million plants on a 557 hectares of land 1.