Energy Independent Saudi Arabia Is Investing $109 Billion In Solar Energy.

Solar installation in Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia just completed a 12,684 panel solar installation that generates 3.5-megawatts of renewable energy. It’s Saudi Arabia’s largest solar installation to date and part of their ongoing plan to invest $109 billion in solar power to reach 41,000 megawatts of solar capacity within two decades.

As the US strives for liquid fuel energy independence, currently liquid fuel energy independent Saudi Arabia is going solar. Maybe the US can learn from the Saudi’s, realize now that the whole liquid fuel energy independence thing is overrated, and skip that middle step and go directly to solar. [Bloomberg]


Artificial Leaves: Creating Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels Through Artificial Photosynthesis.

Artificial PhotosynthesisScientists at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) are trying to build artificial leaves that will convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into storable liquid fuels. Their goal is to produce enough of the carbon neutral liquid fuel that it could power all forms of transportation in the future. In contrast to biofuels, liquid fuels created through artificial photosynthesis would be generated on non-arable land.

Check out the article, “Turning over new leaf in climate change,” for more information about artificial photosynthesis and the work of JCAP. [SF Gate]