LETTER PUBLISHED IN THE INDEPENDENT ON SATURDAY THE 14TH OF
Sir: The recent report that Iran plans to resume research into
uranium enrichment has raised fears that the technology could
support the building of nuclear weapons and would not be used
purely for generation of electricity.
But Iran has enormous quantities of energy falling as sunlight on
to its deserts, and "concentrating solar power" is a proven
technology for tapping into this vast resource. In one of the
simplest variations, an array of mirrors focuses sunlight on to a
tank filled with water. This raises steam that can be used to
generate electricity. There are techniques for storing solar heat
so that generation of electricity can continue right through the
Europe and the US could call the bluff of the Iranians by offering
to build enough solar power plants in the Iranian desert to supply
all the country's needs.
DR GERRY WOLFF