Sahara Energy Project
The Sahara Energy Project was a large scale renewable energy push by the AAU to convert 20% of the southern Saharah into a “solar-energy forest” using advanced synthetic solar panel “trees”. This was made feasible largely by the development of ESC battery technology, and the project is ongoing. Currently, 4% of the dessert has been converted.
The Sahara Energy Project has faced opposition from native Bedouin communities as well as fringe international animal associations. Established solar forests are often the subject of terrorist attack and sabotage by enemy states.