Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Surface Area Required to Power the World with Solar Power

From, a world map visualizing the surface area required to power the world's electricity requirements using solar power alone in 2030, using current solar panel technology.  It's getting a lot of traffic on digg, reddit and Twitter too.

Also, check out the same idea, but for off shore wind power.


  1. Another visualisation using an inappropriate map projection - the subject is area, so an equal area map projection should be used.

  2. Good point. When visually depicting area, the comparison needs to be apples-to-apples. There are many different equal-area map styles that could have been used.