Energy from the Desert - 2015 Edition

It is already known that the world’s very large deserts present a substantial amount of potential for energy supply. Given the demand on world energy in the 21st century, and considering global environmental issues, the need for harnessing this energy has driven the research in the Task 8 of IEA-PVPS for years.

The work on very large scale photovoltaic power generation (VLS-PV) systems first began under the umbrella of the IEA PVPS Task 6 in 1998, when large-scale PV was still a dream. Later the new Task 8 – Study on Very Large Scale Photovoltaic power generation (VLS-PV) systems was established in 1999 and started to dig into this complex subject.

The scope of Task 8 was to evaluate the potential of VLS-PV systems, with a PV installed capacity ranging from several megawatts to gigawatts, and to develop practical project proposals for realising VLS-PV systems in the future.

In more than 15 years, several reports and books have been published, showing that the VLS-PV concept is not anymore a simple dream but a reality in today's world. Now 500 MW systems have been commissioned and larger ones are in the pipeline. 

This final Task 8 report, entitled ‘Energy from the Desert’ as well, presents comprehensive results coming from 15-years of research, including new additions.

The report shows how very large scale solar electricity generation provides economic, social and environmental benefits, security of electricity supply and fair access to affordable and sustainable energy solutions. It closes 15 years of research that have paved the way for the integration of VLS-PV in the electricity world of today and tomorrow.