Solar Energy : the Present and Future of the Middle East

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Solar Energy: The Present and Future of the Middle East
Aalim Saleem
The American University of Sharjah
Dr. Victoria Amador
November 22, 2015

Abstract
Solar energy, a pure and limitless amount of energy, has been one of the rising and popular forms of power in the Middle East. A region that is solely dependent on oil and gas as a form of energy. Since oil and gas is non-renewable and also damages the environment severely, countries in the Middle East have turned to a different form of energy. solar energy has become its direct competitor in recent years. The different projects and prospects that each country in the Middle East is pushing towards is a clear example of how important solar energy has become to these countries. Increase in economy and the many advantages of having solar energy for the environment are two benefits that this source of power is capable of providing to these countries. A limitation of solar panels is an aspect that helps gives both sides to this research paper. Accordingly this research paper discusses how all these factors are benefiting the Middle East and hence should solar energy be the main source of energy in this region.

Solar Energy: The Future and Present of the Middle East
Solar energy is the energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy. It is one of the most abundant and cleanest renewable energy sources available, since it’s directly obtained from the sun. Solar energy has been around since the time of Neanderthals on this earth; in 700 BC humans first used the sunlight to make fire with magnifying glasses (Maehlum, 2013, para. 3). This shows that solar energy and its implementation have been around for a long time, but only recently did people just learn how to harness this energy efficiently and use it to power electrical devices. In 1839, the root of solar energy was discovered by a…...

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