The production of key resources, such as clean water, clean energy and a sustainable production of food represents some of our time’s greatest challenges. The Sahara Forest Project is a new environmental solution to create re-vegetation and green jobs through profitable production of food, water, clean electricity and biomass in desert areas.
The Sahara Forest Project is designed to utilize what we have enough of to produce what we need more of, using deserts, saltwater and CO2 to produce food, water and clean energy. This is done by combining already existing and proven environmental technologies, including saltwater-cooled greenhouses, concentrated solar power (CSP) and technologies for desert revegetation around a saltwater infrastructure. The synergies arising from integrating the technologies improve the performance and economics of the system compared to those of the individual components.
The name «The Sahara Forest Project» was chosen not only to describe a plan for revegetating parts of the world’s largest desert. In Arabic “Sahara” translates to “desert”, and the Sahara Forest Project is set up to create green growth in desert areas around the world. The Sahara Forest Project enables the growth of plants, but also that of hope and opportunities for people.