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1st Asia-Arab Sustainable Energy Forum (AASEF) Concludes in Nagoya


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Tokyo, Sept 9, 2011 - (ACN Newswire) - Tokyo, Sept 9, 2011 - (JCN Newswire) - The Asia-Arab Sustainable Energy Forum, which took place in Nagoya on August 23 -25 with 120 people from 10 countries, along with research groups from Chubu University, the University of Tokyo and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, convened to discuss various aspects of sustainability in the energy supply and the Sahara Solar Breeder (SSB) Project, whose aim is to supply the world with electricity generated from solar power in the Sahara Desert.

The concluding statements are:

- Basic technologies for the direct reduction of SiO2 purified from desert sands into solar Si have been designed and have reached an experimental verification stage.

- We can expect dramatic cost reductions in the fabrication of Si solar cells with this new Si technology, making photovoltaic (PV) power generation in the desert promising.

- Photovoltaic power generation from the desert should benefit local communities and be extended to the world.

- Thanks to the establishment of a basic understanding on high Tc superconductors and the advent of low cost superconducting tapes, development of various applications such as superconducting dc transmission and distribution systems is becoming reality.

- Solar Breeder (SSB) technology, which combines desert power generation and global dc superconducting transmission and distribution, is vitally important to a sustainable energy future.

The 2nd and 3rd Asia-Arab Sustainable Energy Forums will be held in Algeria next year and Hirosaski, Japan in 2013.

The SSB Project, which began in 2008, proposes that silicon be extracted from desert sand, and used to manufacture a large number of solar cells at low cost. Energy from the strong sunlight in the desert will be converted into electricity, and supplied to cities in North Africa and Europe with low loss by using high-temperature superconductors.

In superconductivity, when a material is cooled below a certain temperature, its electrical resistance becomes zero. This enables power to be transmitted at least ten times more efficiently than with conventional high-voltage power lines. Last year, Chubu University performed an experiment, transmitting a DC current for 200 m through low-resistance cables using superconducting materials. This experiment was a world-first success.

Solar cells are currently topical as an inexhaustible energy source that does not use fossil fuel, but as their manufacturing cost is high, they have not yet become widespread. Therefore, research on new technology is being pursued urgently. In the SSB Project, solar cell plants will be built near the Sahara Desert and other deserts worldwide, prior to supplying electricity.

AASEF delegate Professor Sataro Yamaguchi of Chubu University said, 'Superconducting technology is evolving, and is now close to being practical. Japan, which has the most advanced superconducting technology, should proceed with co-development proactively. Following the nuclear accident due to the East Japan Earthquake, energy must be safe. The SSB Project will make that technically possible in about five years.'

SSB Project Co-founder Professor Hideomi Koinuma of the University of Tokyo said, 'The SSB Project is at the basic research stage, but it could become a new model for energy supply to replace fossil fuels. Although there are some economic issues, we would like to develop the Project by 2030.'

The group will encourage oil-producing countries to provide funding, in anticipation of oil resource depletion.

Sahara Solar Breeder Foundation Official Website: http://www.ssb-foundation.com

Reference (Video): http://www.youtube.com/diginfonews#p/search/0/UdO6T1TIDzQ


SSB Project
Yojiro Kitamura
Industry-government-academia Alliance Advisor and Global Cooperation Coordinator

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