Land distribution of a 4000 ha facility

Let us for a moment picture a truly large-scale Sahara Forest Project Oasis in the desert. We will assume a combination of ten Oasis-projects, at a grand total of approximately 4 000 hectares. If we situate such a scenario to the northern part of Africa, at modest altitudes, the grand Oasis scheme would consist of the following components and yields:

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) at a combined rating of approximately 570 megawatt. This power plant would yield enough power to supply all needs of the Oasis and at the same time export an average of 27.000 MWh per month - or 324 GWh per year.

A combined area of saltwater greenhouses of 300 hectares. These greenhouses would consume 20 000m3 of freshwater produced by the Oasis' own sun-powered thermal desalination per year, and could as an example yield 190 000 tons of tomatoes and melons combined per year.

The Oasis would have a combined area of 2 000 hectares of outdoor vegetation and crops. Approximately 500 hectares would be fodder crops grown in between evaporative hedges, and the remaining 1500 hectares would be free-ranging re-vegetation of the desert land. The fodder crops would have an annual yield of approximately 30 000 tons.

Furthermore, the Oasis would have algae cultivation facilities of 150 hectares, capable of extracting and yielding bio-fuel ready algae oils at the rate of 7 500 tons per year.

While the above is but one example of many possible scenarios of combinations, it illustrates how a major Sahara Forest Project Oasis can yield substantial amounts of energy, food, fuel and fodder crops - all in a closed-loop system which re-vegetates arid land and provides carbon sequestration in the magnitude of 50 000 tons per year. This particular example could employ up to 20 000 people - and support up to five times as many.