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The Sahara Desert is one of the driest and most desolate places on our planet. Its lack of vegetation, low humidity and extremely high sunshine duration (over 4000 hours of direct sunlight annually) make it one of the hottest places on Earth. This barrenness, while seemingly presenting the Sahara as a useless space for development, has piqued the interest of researchers invested in renewable energy, specifically solar and wind energy.

A satellite image of the Sahara from space. (NASA)

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