|Fig. 1: Modeled output of the Virtual Solar Grid|
|Fig. 2: A residential rooftop PV system.|
|Fig. 3: The Micky Mouse solar farm in Orlando, FL.|
|Fig. 4: NOOR-1 parabolic troughs in Morocco.|
With this initial capacity, the Virtual Solar Grid is capable of generating roughly 4 TWh per year, approximately 0.02% of all the electricity consumed by the entire world population in 2016 (a little more than 2 PWh). Although 0.02% is too minuscule to count, it nonetheless marks the starting point of our journey towards an important goal of engaging and supporting anyone to explore the solar energy potential of our planet with serious engineering design. In a sense, you can think of this work as inventing a "Power Minecraft" that would entice people to participate in a virtual quest for switching humanity's power supply to 100% renewable energy.
|Fig. 5: Khi Solar One solar power tower in South Africa.|
|Fig. 6: PS 10 and PS 20 in Spain.|
Finally, it is important to note that the Virtual Solar Grid project is generously funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation through grant number #1721054. Their continuous support of my work is deeply appreciated.